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: Pink-coral in colour with aromas of red apple, cinnamon, dusty earth and a wisp of sandalwood. Strawberry, red apple, cherry, a floral trace and light baking spice are accented by clean minerality and soft, fresh acidity. White pepper dusted fruit lingers on the super dry finish. Silky, dry and fruity, a refreshing sip on its own or with a wide variety of summer dishes.
Blend of Grolleau, Pinot Noir, Gamay
Bottled by SARL Francois Chidaine