Second bottle of the night. First was oxidized, which seems to be a recurrent issue for this era of Chidaine wines. He learned that you can only lower sulfur levels so much before the wine suffers in the long term. With that in mind, it's likely that some of the tasting notes below reflect oxidized wines.
The wine has put on some weight, with a prominent wet stone finish. Fruit is predominated by pineapple, with a bit of citrus. It took about two hours of air before this started to show better. This wine was beautiful and vigorous in its youth. It's drinking reasonably but hasn't aged particularly gracefully.
Definitely better once it warmed up a bit - medium deep gold, almost alarmingly so - nose is shy, showing burnished, medicinal notes, flan - wonderful, aged flavours - complex orange peel, burnt caramel - v good acidity, and v good length - went extraordinarily well with mid-aged Gouda - elegant, complex, contemplative. Likely demi-sec sweetness but with the acidity it does not come across as sweet at all, just a bit on the sides. If I had more, I'd drink them soon, but no panic.
TN: Weird and wacky wines at Joe's (Joe's): After three torturous wines in a row, I begged and pleaded with Joe to find something in his refrigerator that I'd like. This emerged. Hello, old friend! I haven't had this wine since release and it's changed quite a bit. It seems to be evolving a little faster than anticipated. Granted, the aging curve of Montlouis is faster than its Vouvray brethren across the river, but I was a little surprised by how dark it had gotten in the past 5 years. It's a deep gold color now. It's quite fragrant with apricot, mineral and marzipan aromas dominating. A little shy on the palate as we popped and poured and air certainly would've helped it. There's hints of quince on the palate, but it's more in the rear view mirror and a more mature apricot profile now dominates. Demi-Sec sweetness, but is showing less sweet than it did on release and having lost its baby fat, that vivacious '02 acidity is even more like razor wire, in a good way. A-.
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(Francois Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire "Clos Habert") Nuts, flowers, kafir lime leaf, chestnut on the nose. Very nice clean aromas. Great presence on the palate with stellar concentration and ripeness. A chestnut essence echos throughout. Great structure here. Maybe a touch young but holds much in reserve.
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