Francois Chidaine Les Bournais Montlouis 2017

Settled on a limestone 'plateau' above the Loire, the chalky soils of Les Bournais would not be out of place on Vouvray's première côte (home to Clos de Bourg and Le Mont). Unlike most of Montlouis, which is on clay and flint, this four-hectare vineyard (planted in 1998) lies on a pocket of clay and Bournais limestone, the stone from which it takes its name. The vines h...


95 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com​​​​​​​


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Brand Name
Francois Chidaine
Country
FRANCE
Style
White Wine
Region
Loire
Varietal
Chenin Blanc
Size
750 mL Bottle

Product Description

Settled on a limestone 'plateau' above the Loire, the chalky soils of Les Bournais would not be out of place on Vouvray's première côte (home to Clos de Bourg and Le Mont). Unlike most of Montlouis, which is on clay and flint, this four-hectare vineyard (planted in 1998) lies on a pocket of clay and Bournais limestone, the stone from which it takes its name. The vines here gently follow the contours of the land, right to the edge of this chalky precipice. It's a beautiful site, certainly one of Montlouis' finest. 

Chidaine's vinification here is exactly the same as the Clos de Breuil and Les Choisilles, yet the wine is clearly different--an altogether more 'Vouvray' expression of Montlouis with a powdery, chalky structure that so clearly reflects its soils and location. Not necessarily a question of 'better' (although Chidaine does price it that way), simply one of 'difference'. This deep, earthy, mixed citrus peel noted bottling is an absorbing contrast to the 'Franc de Pied', which is made from a slither of ungrafted vines in Les Bournais. 

"This has a beautifully pure style on the nose, reminiscent of dessert apples and pears, showing a sweeter and more confident vein. The palate is fresh, laden with polished fruit character, intertwined with gentle acids and minerals, wrapped within a cushion of soft and sweet fruit. This is convincing, pure, vibrant and flavoursome, but it needs to shake off a lot of this sugar before we see its true style." 93-95 points, Chris Kissack, thewinedoctor.com

 

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