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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.”

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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.

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wine type Name, Type, Locale Year
White - Sparkling

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Brut Almendra

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White - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Sparkling

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Extra Brut

White - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Sparkling

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Méthode Traditionelle Brut

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White - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Sparkling

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Méthode Traditionelle Demi-Sec

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White - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Sparkling

François Chidaine Vouvray Pétillant

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White - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray Pétillant

White - Sparkling

François Chidaine Vouvray Pétillant Clos Baudoin

White - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray Pétillant

Rosé - Sparkling

François Chidaine Touraine Pétillant

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Rosé - Sparkling, France, Loire Valley, Touraine

Rosé

François Chidaine Touraine Rosé

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Rosé, France, Loire Valley, Touraine

Rosé

François Chidaine Val de Loire Grolleau/Pinot Noir Rose

Rosé, France, Loire Valley, Val de Loire

White

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Franc de Pied Les Bournais

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White

François Chidaine Sauvignon Touraine

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine

White

François Chidaine Touraine Val de Loire Chenin

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine

White

François Chidaine Vouvray Clos Baudoin

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

White

François Chidaine Vouvray Sec Les Argiles

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White, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

White - Off-dry

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Demi-Sec Les Bournais

White - Off-dry, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Off-dry

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Tuffeaux

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White - Off-dry, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Off-dry

François Chidaine Vouvray Demi-Sec Clos Baudoin

White - Off-dry, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

White - Off-dry

François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet

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White - Off-dry, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

Red

François Chidaine Bullas P P y P

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Red, Spain, Murcia, Bullas

Red

François Chidaine Touraine Rouge

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Red, France, Loire Valley, Touraine

White - Sweet/Dessert

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Lys

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White - Sweet/Dessert, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Sweet/Dessert

François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Moelleux

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White - Sweet/Dessert, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire

White - Sweet/Dessert

François Chidaine Vouvray Moelleux

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White - Sweet/Dessert, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

White - Sweet/Dessert

François Chidaine Vouvray Moelleux Aigle Blanc

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White - Sweet/Dessert, France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Vouvray

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