Pale gold, quite clear but good lustre. Honeysuckle, pineapple, orange blossom, excellent floral intensity, deep, a complex and rich fragrance but not heavy. Medium weight, clearly demi-sec, pithy citrus rind, pineapple zing, minerality is strong too. A very interesting drink, not heavy although has superb intensity and length. The sweetness is less than even a mild desert style wine, more like just the richness and body of a good German Riesling. Has some good acidity on the finish which cuts the sugars. Liking this a lot.
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(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 12 g/l residual sugar in 2009. It has a beautifully perfumed character on the nose, lightly honeyed fruit, ethereal with nuances of acacia and beeswax. It is lifted and light-footed nevertheless. Very supple and polished on the palate, with a good grip at its core, showing lots of defining and freshening acidity, much-needed as this is a richer style than the fabulous 2008. Very attractive and direct with lovely fresh structure underneath. An impressive, cleansing finish and structure here too.
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