François Chidaine, 2013 Update

Continuing on with my mix of new profiles and updates on the leading domaines of Montlouis-sur-Loire and Vouvray, I come now to the latest releases from François Chidaine. And not before time. Although anyone with more than an inkling of knowledge regarding the wines of Montlouis-sur-Loire and Vouvray will be aware of François Chidaine, and I have long been impressed by the quality of the wines, what he has produced in recent vintages seems to be head-and-shoulders above other wines from these two appellations. The bright, crystalline, minerally purity and energy that they showed was unparalleled.

François Chidaine

The tasting touched briefly on the 2012 vintage, by way of two very basic Touraine cuvées, an attractive Sauvignon Blanc and a rosé blend. I have already reported on these two wines in my Loire 2012 vintage review and so I have not included them in my notes here. Thereafter it was Montlouis-sur-Loire and Vouvray all the way, with a range of vintages, mostly 2010 and 2009, and the occasional appearance from 2011. These wines are all in bottle now, and offer plenty of exciting drinking opportunities.

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