• Enfant sauvage Likes this wine:

    April 20, 2020 - Holy bottle variation, Batman. This bottle was amazing. Cork pulled like it was 3 months old and the wine was just cranking from the very start. Reminiscent of a Huet with more generosity and curve to it. Almond, apple, pear, wool, and the indispensable mineral and acid all in balance and firing on all cylinders. Stunning, stunning stuff for the price.

    This bottle makes me wish I had kept buying Chidaine. Unfortunately, the risk/reward calculus on these wines just doesn't hold up (see Chidaine 2014).

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  • Chainthroer wrote: 92 points

    July 10, 2019 - Similar to my notes taken 2.5 years ago: Aromas and flavors of pear, apple, apricot, citrus, ginger and minerals. Great structure. Intense and layered fruit. A viscous texture in the mouth.

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  • alanr wrote: 88 points

    November 13, 2018 - A note from the second night: I can't quite decide what I think about this bottle. There's some decent fruit, touches of complexity, bit of minerality, but overall it's just not particularly interesting.

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  • Frank Murray III wrote:

    November 10, 2018 - Based on the CT data on this wine, there are about 100 bottles in cellars. And if I judge the bottle I had last night, I would say that if you own this wine to please consider drinking it. It has become distinctly bronzy in color, and at just 8 years old it seems far darker than I would expect. I did find some acidity in the bottle, a bit of a heavier texture with flavors of apple and stone fruit. I'm simply telling all of you, especially those of you that have multiple bottles remaining, is to challenge my TN and see if you believe my assessment here. Last night was my only bottle of this and if I owned more, I'd be chilling down the rest of them and drinking them in the next 6 months.

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  • Enfant sauvage wrote:

    November 3, 2018 - Seemed to have a touch of the premox. Or just the ox.

    That didn’t stop people from drinking it, but, you know, people...

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  • alanr wrote: 90 points

    July 23, 2018 - Medium golden hay in color, this is rich, unctuous, almost oily in its density, with a lushness that comes from what must be a decent amount of RS, though with good acidity and balance. Might be a good choice for a rich Thanksgiving meal, but otherwise this strays a bit too far away from the crispness and dryness I prefer in Chenin.

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  • alanr wrote: 92 points

    May 8, 2018 - Medium light hay in color, with a tinge of green, light waxy Chenin nose, this is rich and voluptuous on the palate, oozing intensity and flavor from all its pores, good acidity and overall balance, with a long finish of rich fruit, tapering to notes of saline minerality. Not overly complex or layered, but so tasty and balanced.

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  • moods wrote:

    April 12, 2017 - Fairly deep color, bright gold. Looks fairly viscous. Sweet aromas. Sort of beeswax and honey, with some nutty marzipan. Also has a sweet fruit attack, with generous acidity, an oily feel, then a dry finish. Packing a lot of weight. Suspect it'll live nicely for another 5 years or so.

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  • christyler wrote: 91 points

    October 14, 2016 - Doing great - has not really aged since last time. Still very primary. On the dry side with a slightly sweet nose. Has that cleanness / transparency that makes me love Chidaine.

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  • Steve Brickley Likes this wine: 92 points

    September 24, 2016 - Not oxidized. Honey notes on the nose and some reduction left. Waxy coating, low acid, no sugar, slight fruit, bit of citrus. Drinking beautifully with no indication of dropping off. Drink now or cellar another decade or more if you are inclined.

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