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.
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(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) This has a fine, polished, lemon-gold hue, and a fabulous nose, pure and yet concentrated. The fruit is expansive and yet firm, composed, taut, with a liquid-stone, minerally feel to it, but also exotic, with a suggestion of candied pineapple. And alongside that there are flower petals, redolent of acacia dusted with honey. But it is the purity and brightness that really registers with me. The palate has all the breadth and textured sweetness that I recall from my previous tastings, but there is also substance running through this wine, a barley-water, icing sugar solidity to its core, which raises the wine above the average demi-sec. There is a fine sappy-sour seam of acidity which adds a firm backbone alongside the bitter twist of citrus pith, and this really shines through at the finish. It is long and gently polished by its residual sugar, but more prominent are those gloriously pithy, lightly phenolic elements which bring the wine a tinge of bitterness, an extra dimension alongside the other components. As I have noted from my previous tastings, this is a fabulous wine.
(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) The soils here are limestone and clay, situated next to Clos du Breuil, the vines 50 to 70-years old, and the wine usually a demi-sec, with 15.5 g/l residual sugar here. It is difficult to taste this and be objective; I know I have always rated it very highly, and I have half a case in the cellar. It has a lovely honeyed style, showing great purity and also sweetness and elegance. The palate is perfectly balanced, sweet and honeyed, yet complex and minerally, but with a dried finish, elegant and fresh. What can I say? This remains as wonderful as it always has been.
(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 15.5 g/l residual sugar here. the nose in this vintage is precise, with nuances of citrus fruits, cream and vanilla flowers. A divinely textured palate follows on, so vigorous and energetic, creamy and yet defined. This is astonishing wine, so perfectly composed I struggle to find an adequate description. I am sure this will keep well in the cellar, but I don't think I could resist drinking it now for the sheer joy it brings.
(François Chidaine Montlouis Clos Habert Demi-Sec) This has to be one of the most remarkable wines from François that I have ever tasted, so it would be fair to say I am not coming to it without bias. The appearance in the glass is a mid-golden colour. There is a truly captivating nose, displaying a mixture of honeyed fruit and crushed rocks, minerally and linear with vanilla and lanolin notes, real skip-a-heart-beat stuff. In the mouth it is supple, fresh, truly minerally as the nose suggested, with an amazing intensity of rocky-minerally flavours and sensations swirled in with the gently honeyed, exotic fruits. Despite this exuberant style it has a beautiful balance, vibrant and vigorous and yet so restrained and elegant. A stunning wine.
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