François Chidaine 'Les Choisilles' Sec Montlouis sur Loire AOC 2018

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François Chidaine 'Les Choisilles' Sec Montlouis sur Loire AOC 2018
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Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation/Sub-Region Montlouis sur Loire AOC
Grapes Chenin Blanc
Vineyard/Cellar Practices Biodynamically Grown, Low-Intervention/Natural Wine, Vegan

The cellar of François Chidaine is second-generation family-owned, located in Montlouis-sur-Loire, the center of the Loire Valley’s Touraine region, named for its proximity to the historic city of Tours. François has earned a reputation as a leading natural viticulturist in the area and today is committed to the practice of regenerative agriculture, which utilizes methods that increase the removal of CO2 from the atmosphere and convert it into organic matter in the soil. He eschews plowing (often a staple of natural winegrowing) in favor of no-till farming, believing plowing disrupts the complex mycorrhizal network of fungi that connects individual plants together and transfers nutrients between them. Permanent cover crops are essential to regenerative farming, and François believes that by emulating nature, his vines become better integrated into the ecosystem, and able to more authentically express their place of origin. Long revered in the Loire for his Montlouis and Vouvray wines, he is an enthusiastic advocate for the chenin blanc grape, producing wines of vibrant character and impressive ageability. ‘Les Choisilles’ is blended from old vines in the Les Epinais, La Taille aud Loups, and Clos au Renard vineyards, named after the type of black flint (choisille) that distinguishes those sites. The chenin is hand harvested and vinified in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts, before aging occurs in a combination of tank and used demi-muid. This cuvée is powerful and focused, with deep layers of lemon blossom, fresh pineapple, savory lees, and chalky minerality. Rich and concentrated, it retains incredible vibrance and acidity, with a defined mineral backbone and lingering salinity on the finish. While this is drinking beautifully now, it could easily age for a decade or more. Biodynamically grown, low-intervention/natural wine, vegan.