The Montlouis-sur-Loire appellation area , of which Chenin Blanc is the only grape variety, is located on a very beautiful plateau upstream from Tours, at the meeting point of the Loire and Cher valleys. The 22 hectares of the estate are spread over around thirty plots located mainly in Husseau. The deep roots of the vines seek freshness in the tuffeau subsoil, this white chalk typical of Toutaine. Some of the most exceptional dry Chenin Blanc in the Loire is now being made in Montlouis, across the river from Vouvray. François Chidaine is one of the pioneers of Montlouis as well as of
biodynamic growing and natural winemaking, with 30 hectares of 40- to 80-year-old vines in Montlouis – and also in Vouvray.
This is from Chidaine’s vineyard in Vouvray, which he is no longer allowed to label as such. The nose is very fresh, offering a little flower stem along with the tropical notes. In the mouth, full-bodied and rich, featuring green apple, apricot and chalk. A bit chubby, with lovely fruitiness but not much minerality. [91 Points, Jason Wilson – January 2020, vinous.com]