Estate: A pioneering natural winemaker, 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: Coral pink in colour, with aromas of strawberry, white peach. Grapefruit, wildflowers, white pepper and chalky minerals. Tasting very similar to the aromas with cherry, strawberry and a trace of peach dusted with white pepper and framed by citrus acidity. Pink grapefruit lingers on the crisp, mineral driven finish.
Blend of Grolleau, Pinot Noir & Gamay
Bottled by Francois Chidaine