Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2010 Francois Chidaine Touraine (Sauvignon Blanc) Loire Valley White.
Francois Chidaine is most known for the Domaine’s lush Montlouis and Vouvray Chenin Blanc’s, but look for this Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine, because it is a stunning little wine that is more like a baby Dagueneau than a Sancerre copy with layered fruit, minerals and length. Chidaine’s biodynamic farming and small yields really brings out the intensity and terroir in all his wines and especially in this fine Sauvignon Blanc. Deep and balanced with exotic fruits and mineral core with zesty lemon/lime and gooseberry. Hints of kiwi and crushed stones add to the complexity and the finish goes on and on, even with the fresh acidity. This white from the Loire Valley in france is worth searching out by the case, as it is a unreal value and a detailed and pretty wine.
($14 Est.) 93 Points, grapelive