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2005 Vouvray François Chidaine Les Argiles (750ml)
Producer: François Chidaine cave-insolite-chidaine.com
Appellation: Vouvray - Touraine - France (AOC)
Type: white
Varietal: Chenin Blanc
Maturity: Drink/Mature
Rating: Excellent
Est. Price: US$18.99
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klwines.com: US$18.99
Tasting Notes:
rated: May 1, 2007 , Wine Spectator winespectator.com
91 points "A bony, lean style, with the minerality up front and notes of honeysuckle, orange blossom, quince and pear. The long, taut finish has riveting acidity. Needs some cellaring to blossom fully. Best from 2008 through 2012." Best 2008-2012
rated: September 7, 2007 , K&L Wine Merchants klwines.com
"Only a couple of years ago, François Chidaine was only considered to be one of the wine-makers to watch in the Loire. This assessment was based on his excellent vineyard holdings in Montlouis, an appellation on the rise, and his commitment to biodynamic farming and non-intervention wine-making style. Now that the transition is complete, already, he is considered to be one of the great wine-makers in the Loire. His wines show a combination of finesse, minerality and power which we only encounter in the great wines of France. The wines often ferment very slowly, sometimes all winter, in Chidaines cold limestone cellars, and this makes for complexity in the wines which is unattainable through faster fermentations. Slow fermentations also allow the wine-maker to postpone adding sulfur to the wine because of the continual, anti-oxidant blanket of CO2 produced, thus lowering the total amount needed in the wine. Chidaine now sells out every bottle he makes within just a few months of bottling, and we are lucky to receive these wines which remain some of the best values in the wine market today."