François Chidaine is a master of Chenin Blanc, working biodynamically with single vineyard plots in Loire's Montlouis. Montlouis is the mirror image of Vouvray, sitting just across the Loire river and home to exceptional expressions of the iconic white Loire grape. François Chidaine has been a driving force in resurrecting this region's reputation after several decades spent flying under the radar. His 'Clos du Breuil' (which he owns and farms exclusively) is the jewel in the crown of his exceptional range. Precise and crystalline with deep lemony notes, alongside enticing tropical notes and delightful ripe pear. A must-drink for any lover of exceptional Chenin Blanc.
“If you admire purity in Chenin Blanc, this is an address to remember.” Josh Raynolds, Vinous
The 2019 Montlouis sur Loire Clos du Breuil is from a three-hectare vineyard composed of clay and coarse flint elements topping the tuff mother rock. The bouquet is precise, crystalline and deep, pairing lemony, tropical fruit and chalky aromas with flint stone, iodine and red paprika or pimiento notes. The palate is seamless, crystalline, fresh, very elegant and salty-piquant, almost like a limestone Riesling, with ripe pear flavors, fine tannins and a long and dense, if not juicy finish. The acidity is remarkably fine, and the wine indicates great aging potential, even though it is already an excellent Chenin that could be served even as aperitif (despite its 14% alcohol).
A dry yet juicy Chenin, the 2019 Clos du Breuil shows subtle aromatics of florals, bruised apple and pastry. A focused expression that still manages to exude a sense of ease and tenderness. While it has gone through full malo - a spontaneous result - it keeps a line of tension and a hint of tangy salinity on the finish.