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 Vintage2008 Label 1 of 8 
ProducerFrançois Chidaine (web)
VarietyChenin Blanc
VineyardClos Habert
RegionLoire Valley

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2013 and 2024 (based on 10 user opinions)

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 91.8 pts. and median of 92 pts. in 60 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by thomaskeil on 6/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Golden yellow. Lots going on aromatically, but all good with strong sense of ripening fruit and stones. Medium plus weight on palate with great balance of fruit and acidity (almost mesmerizing). Complex flavors and just great with a range of foods. (446 views)
 Tasted by Seafoam Manor on 1/23/2015 & rated 93 points: Really a love it or hate it sort of wine. Very funky. The nose is really dominated by classic chenin wet wool, with an orchard of fruit in the background. Deep golden color. The palate had an off-dry Sauternes like profile; with honeyed orange marmalade, apricots and spice, that was countered by acidic white raspberries and notes of minerals and a good dollop of salinity. If you're a fan of stinky cheeses with fruit, you'll love this. If you're looking for clean fruit flavors, you should look elsewhere. (989 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 5/29/2014 & rated 92 points: Continues to perform at a high level, so much richness, fabulous intensity, good acidity, the sweetness is balanced by some nice savory complexity, touch of saline, hard not to guzzle this it's so delicious. Give it a little air, best at close to room temp. (2055 views)
 Tasted by km5 on 2/27/2014: Nice acidity...really good white. (2218 views)
 Tasted by Petek26 on 2/26/2014 & rated 88 points: Semi-Dry, tastes floral with citrus fruit, yellow in color, decent finish (2152 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 6/12/2013 & rated 91 points: I think I posted another note on this a couple of months ago, let's see how they match. This has calmed down so much since a year ago, when it was a crazy, wild, tropical ride. Now is shows some nice chenin fruit, a touch of sweetness, nice acidity, and some excellent minerality, but the fantasmagorical tropical pineapple/mango/passion fruit has all disappeared. Quite nice, but a little like the wild girlfriend who turns into a lady once married. (3433 views)
 Tasted by antiwood on 5/19/2013: Lovely fresh aromatics combining citrus and a bit of tropical. Higher apparent sweetness than at release with a slight loss in body but remains crisp enough. Long finish. Still high energy. Chidaine rocks .. not sure how this will age but will check back in in 1-2 years. (2759 views)
 Tasted by Pknut on 2/17/2013: Followed over three nights, with no degradation and the best showing was on the third night. This showed a marked decline in size and body since my first bottle in the winter of 2010. This has lost its baby fat and is more compact, and also seems to lack the complexities of earlier, so perhaps it has shut down since release. Showing typical quince notes but not the array of complexities and nuances as earlier. The sugar and acidity are well balanced. By the third night, the acidity just explodes and provides a great balance against the rounder, softer pear fruit that has developed on the palate. I am inclined to let this age longer in the cellar. (2613 views)
 Tasted by ScottPreston on 2/11/2013 & rated 89 points: Wine definitely a little oxidized, but otherwise great value. Honeysuckle, pear, and citrus. Fantastic with a cheese tray. (2458 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 2/7/2013 & rated 91 points: Haven't looked at my previous note, but I remember this being more explosive and exotic a year ago. Still, this is a beautiful wine, with just off-dry elegance, some interesting complexities, nice acidity and a good touch of sea shell minerality on the medium finish. Very nice. (2360 views)
 Tasted by wabi47 on 10/25/2012 & rated 93 points: wow factor with searing acidity presently winning out over the mild sweetness; sweet pear, citrus and slate; laser cuts through (and compliments) the carbo-heavy homemade butternut squash (and mixed root veggies) soup; very long and potent citrus/acid finish. Wowsa (1997 views)
 Tasted by alanr on 8/13/2012 & rated 92 points: Stunningly delicious. A mix of tropical notes, pineapple, peach, apricot, peach pit, some sweetness, but beautifully balanced by nice acidity and good minerality. Too easy to drink in large quantities. Shows best with a little air, and at room temperature. (2276 views)
 Tasted by OldSpec on 5/14/2012 & rated 90 points: Stone fruit aromatics with additional complexity, but lacking in exuberance; tasted like a good slice of pineapple on the palate, medium finish with some tartness. Nice pairing with the fried fish we had for dinner. (2238 views)
 Tasted by J Dogg on 4/7/2012: Was this corked? It tasted off and musty, with a lot of acidity and not much in the way of flavor. (2167 views)
 Tasted by short and confused on 4/2/2012 & rated 93 points: Very impressed and surprised by this bottle. Translucent yellow. The nose is understated with notes of orange citrus, vanilla and flowers. Supple anmd sweet on the palate with orchard fruits and a lovely lime cut. Balanced, fruit-driven wine with well-integrated acidity and persistent finish. Great the next night in an uncorked bottle. (2643 views)
 Tasted by Maznoc on 2/11/2012 & rated 90 points: Excellent - with a major "delicious factor". The nose was a bit more closed than I had anticipated, but shows lovely notes of white flower and vanilla. The palate is complex - excellent fruit, and a touch of that vanilla carrying through. Nice acidity and a demi-sec character. Mid-length finish, which brings it all back to the nose - mostly white flowers, and a hint of vanilla. Very good - I plan on keeping the rest of my bottles in cellar for a few years to see how this one develops. (2365 views)
 Tasted by jj96 on 12/2/2011: notes to come; not going to open another for 8-12 months; can't say enough good things about the QPR on this one though I prefer Le Bouchet; Day 2 update: revision needed based on expectations in the mid-90's range, this was disjointed, overly acidic and a bit syrupy. Showed variety on the nose if not depth. Hoping for bottle variation as it was nowhere near the equal of the Le Bouchet or others' notes. Also hoping not cooked. 91 for now. (2954 views)
 Tasted by tooch on 11/24/2011: Nice white florals and vanilla on the nose with fresh melon, minerals and a floral lift to the palate. Seemed to lack the brisk acidity I seem to remember from before. After a couple hours of air this had expressive peach and mango components to the palate...turned very tropical. (3201 views)
 Tasted by linserge on 11/20/2011: Fruit not bad, acidity and RS reasonably well-balanced, but there was a hint of bitterness and a lack of complexity that kept this from greatness. (3170 views)
 Tasted by Jeremy Holmes on 10/28/2011: Rich and heady and bursting with south East Asian tropical fruits. There’s rockmelon, paw paw and perhaps even a suggestion of durian, all of the fruits that have a somewhat meaty edge. A little residual sugar adds fat to the palate and contributes a honey and brown sugar sweetness and it is indeed textured and mouthfilling. Some serious green apple acidity lurks just below the surface and it is a little chalky on the finish along with a light astringency that is reminiscent of biting into the aforementioned apple when it’s just under ripe. (3292 views)
 Tasted by Leudge on 10/6/2011 & rated 90 points: Very good wine although slightly below the same producer's Vouvray "Le Bouchet" which I was used to. Francois Chidaine is really a great wine maker with a very promissing future! It's time to fulfill your cellar with his wines before they get unaffordable! (3226 views)
 Tasted by Decaturwinedude on 6/25/2011 & rated 90 points: Very lush upfront sweet pineapple and pear notes. Yet, it's so much more than that. There's a terrific spine of acidity and structure.Really interesting wine. A touch sweet now for me, like to see where this goes. (4008 views)
 Tasted by Anonymous on 6/19/2011 & rated 91 points: Excellent bottle (4011 views)
 Tasted by Biskuit on 6/16/2011 & rated 92 points: Love the vibrancy of this. (4136 views)
 Tasted by marc d on 6/16/2011: Damn good (4145 views)
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By Joel B. Payne
Vinous, Focus on Loire Valley Chenin Blanc (Dec 2014) (11/1/2014)
(François Chidaine Montlouis Tendre Clos Habert) Subscribe to see review text.
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
(Montlouis “Clos Habert” Demi-Sec- Domaine François Chidaine) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2010, IWC Issue #150
(Francois Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert) Subscribe to see review text.
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, May 2011
(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) This has a fine, polished, lemon-gold hue, and a fabulous nose, pure and yet concentrated. The fruit is expansive and yet firm, composed, taut, with a liquid-stone, minerally feel to it, but also exotic, with a suggestion of candied pineapple. And alongside that there are flower petals, redolent of acacia dusted with honey. But it is the purity and brightness that really registers with me. The palate has all the breadth and textured sweetness that I recall from my previous tastings, but there is also substance running through this wine, a barley-water, icing sugar solidity to its core, which raises the wine above the average demi-sec. There is a fine sappy-sour seam of acidity which adds a firm backbone alongside the bitter twist of citrus pith, and this really shines through at the finish. It is long and gently polished by its residual sugar, but more prominent are those gloriously pithy, lightly phenolic elements which bring the wine a tinge of bitterness, an extra dimension alongside the other components. As I have noted from my previous tastings, this is a fabulous wine.  18.5 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (4/3/2011)
(François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert) Light lemon yellow color; focused, tart pear, tart peach nose; rich, poised, ripe peach, ripe apple, lime palate with medium acidity; long finish  94 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, January 2011
(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) The soils here are limestone and clay, situated next to Clos du Breuil, the vines 50 to 70-years old, and the wine usually a demi-sec, with 15.5 g/l residual sugar here. It is difficult to taste this and be objective; I know I have always rated it very highly, and I have half a case in the cellar. It has a lovely honeyed style, showing great purity and also sweetness and elegance. The palate is perfectly balanced, sweet and honeyed, yet complex and minerally, but with a dried finish, elegant and fresh. What can I say? This remains as wonderful as it always has been.  18.5 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (10/13/2010)
(François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert) Nice lime cream, green apple nose; lime cream, green apple palate with depth; medium-plus finish  93 points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, February 2010
(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) The soils here are limestone and clay, the vines 60-years old, and the wine usually a demi-sec, with 15.5 g/l residual sugar here. the nose in this vintage is precise, with nuances of citrus fruits, cream and vanilla flowers. A divinely textured palate follows on, so vigorous and energetic, creamy and yet defined. This is astonishing wine, so perfectly composed I struggle to find an adequate description. I am sure this will keep well in the cellar, but I don't think I could resist drinking it now for the sheer joy it brings.  18-19+ points
By Chris Kissack
Winedoctor, January 2013
(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) This has to be one of the most remarkable wines from François that I have ever tasted, so it would be fair to say I am not coming to it without bias. The appearance in the glass is a mid-golden colour. There is a truly captivating nose, displaying a mixture of honeyed fruit and crushed rocks, minerally and linear with vanilla and lanolin notes, real skip-a-heart-beat stuff. In the mouth it is supple, fresh, truly minerally as the nose suggested, with an amazing intensity of rocky-minerally flavours and sensations swirled in with the gently honeyed, exotic fruits. Despite this exuberant style it has a beautiful balance, vibrant and vigorous and yet so restrained and elegant. A stunning wine.  18.5 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)

Clos Habert

See also the winedoctor articleshttp://www.thewinedoctor.com/loire/francoischidaine.shtmlandhttp://www.thewinedoctor.com/tastingsformal/chidaine2010.shtml


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