François Chidaine is one of the France’s most exciting white wine makers. It’s not hype – the wines are terrific and the winemaking approach is impeccable.
Chidaine is the widely acknowledged master of Montlouis and had recently purchased prime land in Vouvray – including the legendary Clos Baudoin vineyard.
Great vineyards managed biodynamically, ultra low yields and ‘hands off’ élevage are the order of the day here. Chidaine has achieved for Chenin what Didier Dagueneau achieved with Sauvignon: wines of staggering texture and complexity.
Chidaine has caused a mini revolution in Montlouis and these wines are some of the finest value and authentic wines on the market.
Montlouis is Vouvray’s little brother, sitting directly across the Loire River. The analogy of siblings is a good one as the rivalry between these two villages is intense. However, as Montlouis is much smaller in size than Vouvray, most of the wine is consumed in France.