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: Vines are in gravelly loam, chalky limestone and clay soils. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in stainless steel, aged in stainless steel and neutral barrels. Only 350 cases.
Tasting Notes: Dark red-violet in colour, with aromas of blueberry, raspberry, cranberry and soft spice. Black tea tannins frame cherry, blueberry, pomegranate, flinty minerality, trace of herbs, earth and fresh acidity. A bitter streak accents pomegranate and blackberry on the juicy finish. Rustic and easy drinking, a fantastic value.
50% Cabernet Franc, 35% Côt, 15% Pineau d’Aunis
Bottled by François Chidaine