|||| GV $70 | 2-Pack: 2018 François Chidaine “Les Argiles” Chenin Blanc Sec


François Chidaine worked alongside his father Yves for many years before setting out on his own in 1989. Convinced of the potential of the terroirs of Montlouis and Vouvray, he purchased assorted parcels and expanded the estate to today’s total of 30 hectares of Chenin Blanc, many of which are dominated by old vines of 40 to 80 years of age. During these years of growth, Chidaine earned a reputation as a leading natural viticulturist in the region. Today, he is devoted to what is referred to in the U.S. as “regenerative agriculture”, which involves implementing practices that are known to improve the rate at which CO2 is removed from the atmosphere and converted into plant material and soil organic matter.

Montlouis is an appellation of 400 hectares located directly across the river from Vouvray. In fact, until it was granted AOC status in 1937, Montlouis wines were produced under the Vouvray appellation. The soils in both places are quite similar: sandy clay on a base of tuffeau (limestone). Some say that a slightly higher percentage of sand and pebbles in the Montlouis soils makes the wines a bit leaner than the wines of Vouvray. We believe this trait adds to the charm of Montlouis’s sec wines, giving them a lively crispness on the palate and an outstanding minerality.

“The 2018 Argiles erupts with unbridled energy. Vivid fruits and florals cascade out of the glass in the form of apple blossoms, under ripe peach, honeysuckle, lime leaf, and the crunchy snap of a firm Granny Smith apple. Richer notes of lees, beeswax, and fresh cream are juxtaposed by a bracing freshness of crushed rock and chalk. That exceptional minerality lingers on the finish, mingling with enough acidity to make your mouth water long after the last sip disappears. This is expertly chiseled, dry, high-intensity Chenin Blanc!”
-Somm Select

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