2022 Francois Chidaine Montlouis Les Bournais [D92]

2020 Francois Chidaine Montlouis Les Bournais

2022 Francois Chidaine Montlouis Les Bournais [D92]

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Producer: Francois Chidaine  
Region: Montlouis, LoireFrance 
Varietal: Chenin Blanc  
Year: 2022 

Decanter, 92 Points 

"A complex 2020 with very ripe apple aromas and some honey notes. This is balanced by some refreshing acidity on the finish, although partially masked by the richness and concentration of the fruit. François Chidaine has 45ha of vines, and is a leading producer in Montlouis, owning 22ha there. He has 10ha in Vouvray, including the historic Clos Baudoin and 13ha in the Cher Valley close to Montrichard. Due to idiotic local politics his Vouvray has to be labelled Vin de France. The domaine has been organic since 1992 and biodynamic since 1999. Les Choisilles vines are on flinty soil over limestone. The grapes are vinified and matured for six months in 600-litre barrels (demi-muids)." 

From the Importer: 

"A few years back François told us that he had just planted what he thought would one day be his greatest vineyard. A small parcel on the edge of the the Montlouis plateau looking out over the Loire. Les Bournais is the only parcel in Montlouis to posses the classic soil components that Vouvray is so famous for; solid limestone bedrock, covered with chalky limestone chunks and clay.

A few years have passed since the first vintage was produced (2008), and it is becoming very clear that François’ prediction has proved correct. The wine from this vineyard invariably shows that classic balance between mineral and acid tension backing up fleshy, forward fruit aromatics. The wines age incredibly well thus far, even from young vines. This is very classy wine." 

Alcohol: 14.5% 

*Price and availability in store may vary. Vintage date may differ from pictured. 

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