2010 Francois Chidaine, Montlouis Sur Loire, Clos Habert, Loire Valley, France.
This beautiful and detailed Chenin Blanc is really an exceptional wine of quality and style with layered fruit and opulence. Francois Chidaine’s Clos Habert is textured and vivid with fresh peach, lemon/lime, tropical essences and honeycomb as well as hints of saline and nectarine flesh and pit. There is a good sense of place, a nice vibrancy and long finish that add up to a fantastic wine and near perfect example of this region and showcases the passion and artisan touch of the Chidaine team. This is one of my favorite Loire wines, and without question this a wine to search out, and a Chenin Blanc to remember. This balanced and pleasing white has plenty of natural richness, but remains lively and focused, I think there is a good decade ahead for this beauty.
($30 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
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