Estate: Francois Chidaine is regarded as “one of France’s most exciting white wine makers”, and is best known for his Chenin Blanc crafted from Montlouis and Vouvray appellations. He began by working the 12 hectares of family vineyards in the Loire Valley with his father. He established his own domaine in 1989 with only a few parcels of family land, gradually adding additional land from surrounding neighbors who for various reasons were no longer interested in growing. Currently his estate consists of 40 hectares, with 50 individual plots. He began organic farming in 1992, and then biodynamic farming in 1999.
Philosophy: “Biodynamics summarizes my way of working and thinking viticulture. This is both a culmination and a quest. As a result this philosophy of terroir puts the plant at the center of concerns and that it pushes us to the requirement.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from biodynamic/organic vineyards located in the Cher Valley with flint, clay and limestone soil. Fermented at cool temperatures with indigenous yeast in stainless steel tanks, aged on the lees until bottling.
Tasting Notes: Amber-pink in colour with aromas of red apple and minerals. Blackberry, apple and sea minerals are complimented by an herbaceous streak and fantastic, food friendly acidity. The fruity, dry finish keeps you reaching for more.
Blend of Grolleau, Pinot Noir and Gamay [I was unable to verify varietal percentages.]
Bottled by SARL Francois Chidaine
$14 [average price]