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Domain: François Chidaine

Make the most of our allocation of the week, the much-prized domain François Chidaine. This biodynamic signature is one of the finest names in Montlouis and Vouvray, thanks to his pure, elegant, generous and ripe wines. This production is even rarer and more sought-after given that it often bears the brunt of rather unfavourable weather conditions…

Today, the winemaker François Chidaine is a leading name in Montlouis, having ushered in a new generation of talented wine-makers. In 1984, he began to work as an employee at his family's winemaking estate in Montlouis. In 1989, he set up on his own with 3 hectares of the family estate and 1.5 hectares that he purchased himself. He quickly adopted organic farming practices and began converting his entire domain to this approach in 1992, while continuing to expand (10 hectares in Montlouis in 1998). The following year, his Spanish-born wife Manuéla joined the estate, which was then converted to biodynamic practices.A new page was turned in 2002 with the leasing of vines from Prince Poniatowski's Clos Baudoin estate, which he then purchased in 2006. He was joined by his cousin Nicolas Martin, with whom the Chidaines formed a GAEC (a jointly-run agricultural partnership). Today, the domain encompasses 37 hectares: 20 in Montlouis-sur-Loire, 10 in Vouvray and 7 in Touraine. François Chidaine is also the chairman of his appellation's trade union.As well as its exemplary use of biodynamics in working its vines, the estate also aims to highlight its various different soil types by producing a number of cuvées based on the specific characteristics of each vineyard. François Chidaine is obsessively rigorous in his approach to vineyard work – a characteristic he shares with Manuéla and Nicolas Martin and their entire team (numbering nearly a dozen full-time employees), whose common goal of excellence has formed them into a very closely-knit unit.François Chidaine also heads up the growers' union for the Montlouis appellation, and (along with Jacky Blot) remains a textbook example of a producer who has inspired a whole new generation of talented young winemakers from the appellation.

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François Chidaine

François Chidaine
: All wines from this producer

Montlouis-sur-Loire  Les Bournais Franc de Pied

Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais Franc de Pied - Montlouis-sur-Loire (White)

100% chenin

Incredible fullness and a saline finish characterise this unique cuvée from directly planted vines.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Les Lys

Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Lys - Montlouis-sur-Loire (Sweet)

100% chenin

Rareté. Voilà LE mot qui définit parfaitement cette cuvée réalisée uniquement les meilleures années à partir de rendements microscopiques.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Clos Habert

Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos Habert - Montlouis-sur-Loire (White)

100% Chenin Blanc

A Chenin from the Grand Master, François Chidaine. A fruity yet mineral white that pairs perfectly with lightly spiced dishes or goat's cheese.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Les Bournais

Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Bournais - Montlouis-sur-Loire (White)

100% chenin

The most recent cuvée from the domain, this wine is dense, complex, and full of personality.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Les Choisilles

Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles - Montlouis-sur-Loire (White)

100% chenin

The domain's flagship cuvée; an ode to all that's fresh and lively!

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Vouvray Le Bouchet François Chidaine (Domaine)

Vouvray Le Bouchet François Chidaine (Domaine) - Vouvray (Sweet)

100% chenin

A wine which illustrates the unique complexity of its clay-limestone terroir and translates the mastery of this iconic domain in Montlouis-sur-Loire.

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Vouvray  Les Argiles

Vouvray Les Argiles - Vouvray (White)

100% chenin

Amoureux du chenin, ce vouvray tendu et salin attend de rejoindre votre cave !

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Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Tuffeaux - Montlouis-sur-Loire (White)

100% chenin

A superb dry Montlouis from François Chidaine: aromatic with flavours of ripe fruits. Perfect with dishes of fish in sauce.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Moelleux

Montlouis-sur-Loire Moelleux - Montlouis-sur-Loire (Sweet)

100% chenin

An exemplary sweet Montlouis: balanced, fresh and very complex. Thoroughly lives up the François Chidaine’s great reputation.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Clos du Breuil

Montlouis-sur-Loire Clos du Breuil - Montlouis-sur-Loire (White)

100% Chenin Blanc

An expert in producing Chenin wines from the Loire Valley, in this cuvée François Chidaine has produced a wine with generous freshness and roundness.

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Vouvray Moelleux François Chidaine (Domaine)

Vouvray Moelleux François Chidaine (Domaine) - Vouvray (Sweet)

100% chenin

Despite no malolactic fermentation, this wine retains its serious complexity and great ageing potential.

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Vin de France Les Argiles François Chidaine (Domaine)

Vin de France Les Argiles François Chidaine (Domaine) - Vin de France (White)

100% Chenin Blanc

A fantastically pure and elegant wine to pair with dishes which equal its delicacy.

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Vin de France  Baudoin

Vin de France Baudoin - Vin de France (White)

100% Chenin Blanc

A lovely, dry white with delightful roundness. Ideal for an indulgent food pairing!

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Vouvray - Vouvray (Sparkling)

100% Chenin Blanc

This sparkling Chenin will pair beautifully with a salty goats' cheese.

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Vin de France Bouchet - Vin de France (White)

100% chenin

A rounded, fresh Vin de France, well-suited to ageing for around 10-15 years and produced from biodynamic viticulture.

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Montlouis-sur-Loire  Méthode Traditionnelle

Montlouis-sur-Loire Méthode Traditionnelle - Montlouis-sur-Loire (Sparkling)

100% Chenin Blanc

An effervescent, flavoursome and generous Montlouis - both precise and smooth. We wouldn't expect anything less from François Childaine, the appellation's benchmark wine grower. Ideal as an aperitif

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Touraine Sauvignon - Touraine (White)

100% sauvignon blanc

A lovely Sauvignon Blanc, bright and fleshy at the same time, marked by élevage on its lees.

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What the guides say...

  • La Revue du vin de France
"François Chidaine has become one of the most well-known producers of white wine in the Loire, acteur majeur des blancs de Loire, stylistically peerless and now venerated by many other winemakers. His is one of the producers to have brought Montlouis to the fore […] We have nothing but praise for this exceptional winemaker’s wines.”
RVF
  • Bettane & Desseauve
"Both the Vouvrays and the Montlouis are brilliant. The whole range is of very high quality and makes this domain fantastic value for money in terms of producers of dry, semi-dry and sparkling Chenin.”
B+d

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