Chidaine Montlouis Bournais Sec 2019
The Francois Chidaine Montlouis Les Bournais garnered a rave review from Antonio Galloni's Vinous, and we couldn't agree more. This is a drop-dead value, winelovers. It punches way above its price point in terms of caliber and deliciousness. Think holiday turkey... We had it with Indian food and each ingredient became elevated by the other. Try it with seared tuna and kimchi/scallion pancakes or buttermilk fried chicken with a side of celery root remoulade. The richness of the fried chicken and the creaminess of the remoulade are perfect opposite the crisp florality and beautifully balanced acidity of this Montlouis. A last course of Humboldt Fog goat cheese with dried apples or a Clementine creme brulee will be the meal's icing on the cake, or just another glass, solo.
François Chidaine of Montlouis-sur-Loire in the Loire Valley is a pioneer of natural viticulture who’s awakening around saving his soils led him to embrace regenerative farming. It all began in Les Bournais, an old vine parcel on a limestone plateau overlooking the Loire River, and a place referred to by Chidaine as “magical”. In this vineyard, Chidaine has a mix of over 25 sowed and indigenous plants between vine rows, which make up his year round cover crop. He does not till the vineyard in an effort to increase biodiversity, reduce erosion, retain moisture, and add vitality to the soils and eco-system. He believes this achieves a deeper expression of terroir and since it helps to draw down carbon from the atmosphere, is also key to saving the planet. Chidaine's pensive, perceptive approach in the vineyard and in the cellar (where he has an exceptionally deft hand) has influenced a generation of winegrowers. This racy yet full-bodied Chenin is the closest to Vouvray in profile of Chidaine’s Montlouis wines, and it is a flagship wine for the domaine and the region.
|Farming||Certified Organic & Biodynamic|
|Varietal||100% Chenin Blanc|
|Aging||in a combination of tank & used demi-muids|
|Region||Montlouis, Loire Valley, France|