Tuesday, December 22, 2015

François Chidaine Les Bourains

François Chidaine Les Bourains 2013
Montlouis Sur Loire,
www.francois-chidaine.com
France


I'm a huge Chenin Blanc fan. The grape is so versatile: dry, sweet, clean, savory, still, sparkling. You name it, there's a style of Chenin to suit your palate. 

I was excited to come across this wine at a recent tasting group. It hails from Montlouis Sur Loire, a commune within Tourine, directly across the Loire River from Vouvray. 

This Chenin is made by producer François Chidaine, a champion of biodynamic viticulture. The Les Bourains vineyard, named for the particular type of limestone here, is planted on -- you guessed it, limestone! And some clay, too.   

Review: This Chenin has a soft gold color and expressive aromas of honey suckle, white peach, and mineral. The palate is dry, but with the softest bit of sugar to round out the texture and balance the bright acid. Ripe peaches dominate the flavor profile, and are complemented by green melon, minerals, honeycomb, and saffron. The finish is delicate, but long lived. 

Food Pairing: Perfect with a cheese plate. The bright acid and slightly earthy, savory character would complement a soft ripened cow or goat's milk cheese. 

Bottom Line: This is a gorgeous, clean presentation of Chenin Blanc: bright and fresh, driven by fruit and minerals. I dig it.

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Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2013
  • PLACE: Montloius Sur Loire AOC  (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPE: Chenin Blanc
  • BOOZE: 12%
  • CELLAR: Drink now through 2020
  • www.francois-chidaine.com

Where did I get it? Sampled at tasting group! But I bet you can order from a wine shop near you.
What's the damage? High Price

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