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Vinous

  • By Joel B. Payne
    Focus on Loire Valley Chenin Blanc (Dec 2014), 11/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

    (François Chidaine Montlouis Tendre Clos Habert) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (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.

RJonWine.com

  • By Richard Jennings
    4/3/2011, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 94 points

    (François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert) Light lemon yellow color; focused, tart pear, tart peach nose; rich, poised, ripe peach, ripe apple, lime palate with medium acidity; long finish

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  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (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.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    10/13/2010, (See more on RJonWine.com...) 93 points

    (François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert) Nice lime cream, green apple nose; lime cream, green apple palate with depth; medium-plus finish

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-19+ points

    (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.
  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2013, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (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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