Medium gold color, floral nose with some citrus notes and a bit of yeast. Off-dry, tropical flavors with good acidity cutting through the sweetness. Long, smooth finish. Really enjoying these Chenin Blancs from Chidaine, especially for the price paid.
Initally, a bit diffuse and tasting slightly oxidized. With a bit of air, it came into focus and gained zip. Seeming dry to off-dry, it paired well with pan-seared Mahi-Mahi with a mango salsa. Good but not sensational.
This does come off a bit sweet for my liking, more demi in tone. Tropical, so think pineapple, papaya, apricot. I got a real good chill on it so that seemed to help crisp up the texture but if you let this warm up, the riper tones emerge....I will say this is better on the 2nd day, as the acidity through the lime has come forward, and there is some cut here now. This is definitely tropical in tone but there is far better underlying material than the glass y/day. And to reinforce, drink chilled as this really helps to center the wine. Good.
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(François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet) This cuvée is generally sweet, demi-sec or moelleux, and is sourced from 50-year old vines on clay-limestone terroirs. A very distinct style on the nose here, showing strong fruit elements, with a slightly dried-fruit character. A lovely presence on the palate though, supple and polished, with the same gentle level of acids and minerals shown by the preceding demi-sec cuvées. Perhaps just a little more convincing here though. Yes, through the midpalate there is a greater lift and definition to it. If this is maintained this will be lovely.