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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
TOP of 2011; 1/1/2011-12/1/2011: This was one of the best whites I've ever had and for a pittance compared to it's qualitative competitors. This is a truly complex wine. It showed flashes of quince, pineapple, green apple, lime, sea salt, chalk undertones, grass, white flowers and on and on. The residual sugar that is undoubtably lurking in this precocious beverage is dumbed down (though not overpowered) by the musky quality of the quince and pineapple flavors and a bright, medium plus acidity. Went extremely well with a great mountain view, my best friend and a fresh, juicy orange. So pure and focused. Lovely.
A touch more evolved then the last bottle, some wooly Chenin notes I didn't get before to go along with the musk/truffle, quince fruit and honey. This shines in the mouth, great concentration, dry extract, and tension between the sugar and acids.
Wordwide Pinots Blind plus a few more (Levain (Mpls)): Medium gold color. Delightful nose of ripe fruits, tropicals of mango, guava, pineapple as well as some citrus and apple pie. The fruit is fresh and lively on the palate, not cloying or overtly sweet, instead its tangy and dances on the tongue. What a fun wine! Now I remember why i used to drink Chenin more!
Brought to a tasting as an into to some Pinots. Didn't take detailed notes but lively acids with some red grapefuit flavors, honey, lemon peel, and white flowers. High on the delicious factor. Must expand the cellar to add more of this. My QPR of they year.
Very fresh nose of brioche, seawater, with subtle marzipan sweetness. The palate was lively and bright with a lithe vanilla/lemon custard component that's wonderful, vibrant citrus tones and an underlying salty minerality that I enjoyed very much. Great bite and crispness on the finish. For $21, back up the truck.
I confess to being a Chenin Blanc novice but I found this wine to be dazzling- wonderfully tart, sweet and creamy at the same time with a nose of honey and tropical fruit. Highly recommended for the $23 I paid.
I brought this wine to dinner, it was chilled just right. I wish I could have spent more time with the wine, as I am noting this on recall, rather than written note. I recall it reminding me a bit of the Chidaine Choisilles, in that it had that nice limey note laid over the good acidity and medium frame. If anything, the acids were a bit higher and the texture a bit more focused. I have two left, I'll spend more time on the next bottle, along with tasting it with a day or more of air.
Having recently had a bottle of the Les Choisilles, which is one of his dry cuvees, I had expected this to be appreciably sweeter because it is off-dry. But the prominent acidity really makes this seem almost dry, and the flavor profile is not as different as I had expected it to be. Generally, I am a fan, though it does convey the impression that the two contrasting components - the sugar and the acidity - are in competition with each other at the moment, and the acidity is winning. It will be nice to see if they can harmonize properly in the future, but in any event this is delicious and quite a good value.
drank this with Francois---lots of tangerine and mandarin orange notes---perhaps clementines sums it up better. rich, with tinges of minerality. lots of lush fruit. this is the kind of pleasurable wine you don't want to waste a moment writing a note on, just simply drinking and being.
Beautiful wine. Opened it a night ahead and left it in the fridge. Textbook chenin flavors of quince, baked apples, honey and wax. This is as rich as the 2006 version, but the acidity here is electric and it keeps the richness in check. If I had one complaint on night 2, it was that the flavors were almost too sharp and overwhelmed. On night 3 though, the wine had softened and was much more elegant. Give this some time.
EWG tastes Umami (Umami Burger, Hollywood, CA): On the tight side the nose gives up some banana like notes. Rich, concentrated and weighty. The acidity picks up with air and there seems to be a touch of RS tucked underneath the structure. A strong entry that should only get better. Leave it along for a few years if you can.
Oh my, this is tasty, just oozing with rich, mouth coating fruit, loaded with dried pineapple, guava, apricot, some hints of RS, but enough acidity to provide perfect balance; Love the way this unfolds in layers, particularly in the mid-palate, with a nice, medium long finish. Not a ton of minerality, but will see how it shows after being open 24 hours. Glad to have several of these, and what a QPR at $22. Will hang on to some to see what it becomes over time, but will be hard to keep away from this.
I found this lushly sweet, even flabby compared to recent bottles of the Choisilles and Clos du Breuil (both sec) in this vintage. Very concentrated, but the fruit seems slightly oxidized and has an overripe, tinned-fruit quality compared to the freshness I found in other Chidaine '08s. Perhaps not a pristine bottle, as I seem to be at odds with many others' notes on this wine.
I love this wine year in and year out. We had this with various cow cheeses. It's a remarkable value at $20. The sugar is barely noticeable. Very clean flavors of verbena, pineapple, honey and a floral presence. This coats the palate with a somewhat viscous embrace carrying out the creamy finish. I'm sure this will develop more complexity,but it's so damn good right now. Happy to have several of these tucked away.
Wow, is this a good wine. I followed it over four nights, and it just kept impressing me with different scents and subtle sounds (Phish is in NY, forgive me), from nectarine to flowers to honey to Casaba melon, all framed in a palate that seems dry along its borders and yet has intriguing inner juicy-sweetness. The empty bottle smells like mango. Yowza.
tried one just for fun, interesting and overall a bit disjointed. the nose is subtle with musk, melons, & bitter honey- but i can see where the pistachio comment in David S.'s TN's came from as this is a scent left in the empty glass (bouche de vert). There seems to be a nice level of extraction and the Chenin fat is balanced with classic acidity. At this young age there is not much in terms of structure and the finish is a little clipped with just a hint of bitterness which if it gets resolved will add a few points to my score. I will probably put away a few of these in the cellar for a while as the risk seems minimal and the price is right. Additional comment -held out well gassed and in the fridge a week later -acidity more pronounced but minimal oxidation. should age well)
I opened this way to warm...it is too sweet warm, not that it wasn't good just too sweet for my taste. I got it cold. Real cold like my dad likes where there are ice chips falling off the thing, and boy did this thing start to sing. It really has such great acidity to punch through the little bit of sweetness that comes through on the first sip. The flavor profile is huge, dramatic and enjoyable....But this is not a wine for someone who only enjoys dry wines, this is not dry......it is sexy.......
Gorgeous young chenin; smokey, honeyed tropical fruit melded to a firm spine of limestone minerality; notes of earl grey tea, mango and spice echo on the ridiculously long finish. Lately, I prefer Chidaine over Huet (sacrilege, I know!). This was an amazing bottle, just superb.
This is facinating and impressive! This offers up a kaleidocsope of flavors from citrus to tropical. If ever the words balance and finesse apllied they do here. long and silky. There is acid but it isn't mouth puckering. Just right. I've never experienced such a fine line between sweetness and dry. This is unique and very intriguing! Great Chenin!
Pretty nose, lots going on. Orange citrus, flowers, chalky minerals, musky perfume. In the mouth there is a lot too, medium RS with good body from extract and for me plenty of acidity that evens out the residual sugar. Most important was it doesn't finish with any sense of heat from alcohol. This should be very interesting to see how it ages. Have half a bottle saved to try tonight.
Yellow. Pure pear and honey on the nose. Straightforward fruit flavors, off dry (12 grams of residual sugar), lower acidity, nice Chenin feel until you reach the somewhat harsh finish. For short term drinking.