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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 5 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerFrançois Chidaine (web)
VarietyChenin Blanc
DesignationMéthode Traditionelle Brut
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionLoire Valley
SubRegionTouraine
AppellationMontlouis-sur-Loire

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2012 (based on 5 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.9 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 117 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Benj on 5/16/2015 & rated 89 points: The apple note on this is just a little too sweet - like the smell of a cut apple that's been sitting out for a few hours and started to oxidize. Having said that, everything else here is lovely. The mousse is moderately fine, the balance is very good, the acid is high and bright, the weight is light to moderate. An excellent high-quality sparkler at a reasonable price. Also, I rarely comment on this but the label is beautiful. $23. (1589 views)
 Tasted by AACollection on 3/13/2015: Not sure of the disgorgement date. A little too yeasty on the nose to start, but after it sits in your glass a while, much more complexity. Almonds, quince, ginger, sweetened lemon-lime, and some apples in the background. On the palate, this was really nice. Great body and good acidity with a nice creaminess. A tiny bit of citrus pith on the clean finish. This was a good companion for a Cotswald double gloucester. Bubbles were on the coarser side for a champagne-style wine. (1857 views)
 Tasted by chefdilletante on 1/24/2015: No date of disgorgement. Coarse bubbles. Predominated by apple, could use a bit more acidity. All pleasant and quaffable but don't expect contemplation, much less amazement. (2084 views)
 Tasted by Wine Canuck on 1/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Year 2 - Super Tasting 5 of 5 - Greg does the Loire (Greg's House): Pours a fairly rich shade of golden yellow. Nose has a flinty/rocky component with the classic mushroom/undergrowth note of Chenin Blanc present as well. Also on the nose: peaches, pine needles and pear. The palate is high acid with low perceived dosage, but I suspect it isn't quite zero. Medium finish in length. Quite impressed with this. Certainly the best Loire bubbly I've ever had and an excellent value at $25. (1421 views)
 Tasted by Dave Canada on 1/17/2015 & rated 89 points: Year 2 - Super Tasting 5 of 5 - Greg does Loire (Greg's House - Kitchener, ON): Golden colour....nose is quite feral with lots of flint, lemon, wool and straw notes.
The palate is really varietally correct....this can only be chenin blanc....lemon, mineral, flint, wet wool, salted lemon and stinky cheese.
The finish is medium. (1529 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 1/17/2015 & rated 90 points: Popped and poured. Light gold colour in the glass, with a moderate sized bead. On the nose, baked apple, lemon zest, smoke, flint, baking spice, brioche, wet hay and perhaps a touch of wood poking out. On the palate, this is not as round as I was expecting from the rather luxurious nose, but still has quite a nice texture. Very brisk, medium plus acids, with low-ish apparent dosage. This finishes moderate with tastes of baked apple, citrus zest, spice, mineral, smoke and yeast. This was quite nice and certainly punches above it's price point for me. (1364 views)
 Tasted by Aaalongi on 12/31/2014 & rated 88 points: Brioche and apple on the nose. Funky, almost savory quality throughout. Long finish. Paired well with triple creme cheese, and perfectly with squash tempura. (1192 views)
 Tasted by Outplaying on 12/25/2014 & rated 88 points: Pleasant dry Chenin sparkler. I enjoyed it more than Ann this time. (1120 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 12/18/2014 & rated 93 points: Nose full of apples & pears w/ a strong brioche note. Medium bodied w/ a strong mineral character balanced w/orchard & stone fruit. Structured w/ acidity & shows all around balance. Lingering finish. Delicious stuff! (1002 views)
 Tasted by jsherdc on 11/28/2014 & rated 91 points: Nice bubbles. Full bodied. Bready. 90/91 (786 views)
 Tasted by Michael Davidson on 10/14/2014: Delicious. Bread and apples. It's expensive for what it is in Washington (~30), but seems to be a fantastic value elsewhere in the country. (1184 views)
 Tasted by zscheiner on 10/5/2014 & rated 88 points: First sparkling Chidaine and while it's well made, like all of their wines, it didn't wow me like many others have. Pretty straightforward apple and quince fruit, persistent bead but round in the mouth, without the cut I'm looking for. Decent value sparkling though. (1055 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 9/18/2014 & rated 89 points: Apples, bread and light acidity all contribute and make this a fine bubbly for the price. (1109 views)
 Tasted by CamWheeler on 9/8/2014 & rated 88 points: Bibendum Trade Portfolio Tasting 2014: Herb and earthy notes. Acid strides on ahead on the palate, there is a touch of herb too that provides a bit of interest. Probably would be improved by some suitable food. (695 views)
 Tasted by theonlylittledog on 8/24/2014 & rated 89 points: Aroma of apples. Bitter flavour but not overwhelming. Adds to complexity. We polished the bottle off pretty quickly... (1197 views)
 Tasted by kosmik on 8/2/2014 & rated 85 points: Bien. (1219 views)
 Tasted by jrobs7777 on 7/6/2014: Dough, orchard fruits and a nice mousse. Perfect summer sparkling apertif but this can pair with food. Nice value. (1225 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 6/30/2014 & rated 88 points: A small pour at a tasting. Initially a bit abrasive. But it opened up nicely after about 20-30 minutes. Unfortunately we were outside in the sun and it had warmed up quite a bit by then. Seems to be a good QPR. (1215 views)
 Tasted by Bellissimo on 6/29/2014: Opened on a beautiful night outside at a restaurant with a group of friends. Didn't take detailed notes. Took a little while to open but then showed some crisp apple and lemon. Pleasant but not great. (1081 views)
 Tasted by jrobs7777 on 5/17/2014: Very nice, as usual. Nice bubbles. Good lighter fruit. Touch of citrus and spice. Yeasty and nutty. (1277 views)
 Tasted by mattyboy_ on 3/5/2014 & rated 86 points: Was a bit disappointed given how great the dry whites and moelleux/secs are. Autolytic with an interesting funky/wooly chenin character but a bit austere and prickly on the palate. A bit disjointed. (1451 views)
 Tasted by Outplaying on 2/1/2014: Delicious. Tart apple, some pear, yeasty, almond, crisp, dry, slight funky chenin notes. We both enjoyed this. (1430 views)
 Tasted by isaacjamesbaker on 1/28/2014 & rated 88 points: Millesime Bio Fair - Day 2 (Montpellier, France): White flowers, lemon zest and chammomile tea on the nose. Crisp and mineral-driven on the palate, with nectarine and melon rind flavors. Love the oceanic and mineral stream aspects. (1744 views)
 Tasted by ljl203 on 1/19/2014: Tight tiny bubbles, dry, not memorable. (1496 views)
 Tasted by Outplaying on 8/25/2013: Good but not quite as exciting on its own this time. I think this shows better with food. I would buy again though. (2225 views)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2012, Issue #37, The Annual Loire Valley Report: The 2010 Vintage and Other Recently Tasted Gems
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jan/Feb 2011, Issue #31, Recently Tasted Loire Valley Gems Superb 2009s and Plenty of Excellent Recent Vintages
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2007, Issue #10, Recently Tasted Loire Valley Wines: The Garden is Open
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Sep/Oct 2006, Issue #5, Recently Tasted Champagne and Sparkling Wine
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (7/10/2011)
(NV François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Méthode Traditionelle Brut) Light medium lemon yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles; lifted, ripe apple, golden apple nose; tasty, good mousse, tart golden apple, baked apple, mineral palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish  92 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/3/2011)
(NV François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Méthode Traditionelle Brut) Light lemon yellow color; lifted, tart apple, mineral nose; tasty, focused, tight, tart apple, chalk, lemon palate with medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points (disgorged July 27, 2008)  93 points
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François Chidaine

Producer website

Louis Dressner: In the village of Husseau, François Chidaine has worked alongside his father Yves for many years on two independent estates. François has strong feelings about viticulture, and works his vines the old-fashioned way, but does not want any mention of organic viticulture on his bottles although he is certified organic. He writes: “Wine is born from the vine, not from artificial skills of re-creation in the winery. It is sufficient to start modestly by working the soil.”

Retail website
Chidaine is considered to be one of the great wine-makers in the Loire. His wines show a combination of finesse, minerality and power which we only encounter in the great wines of France. This is due to a number of factors, not least of which is his commitment to working the soil of his vineyards, and lowering yields below fifty hectoliters per hectare (3.5 tons per acre). The wines are only minimally chaptalized, and sugar is never added to a wine which is destined to have residual sugar (i.e. Les Tuffeaux, Clos Habert). The wines often ferment very slowly, sometimes all winter, in Chidaines cold limestone cellars, and this makes for complexity in the wines which is unattainable through faster fermentations. Slow fermentations also allow the wine-maker to postpone adding sulfur to the wine because of the continual, anti-oxidant blanket of CO2 produced, thus lowering the total amount needed in the wine.

Chenin Blanc

Varietal character (Appellation America)

France

Vins de France (Office National Interprofessionnel des Vins ) | Pages Vins, Directory of French Winegrowers | French Wine (Wikipedia)

Loire Valley

Vins du Val de Loire (Interprofession des Vins du Val de Loire)

Touraine

Touraine (wikipedia)

Montlouis-sur-Loire

On weinlagen-info

 
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