Francois Chidaine, Montlouis Demi-Sec Les Tuffeaux 2019Regular price $40.00 Save $-40.00
Variety: Chenin Blanc
Francois and Manuéla are a husband and wife operation based in both Montlouis and Vouvray located in the central Loire Valley. In a region that produced bulk wine for years, particularly after WWII, the Chidaine duo brought an emphasis to wines of quality and regenerative farming; they also look to natural winemaking. One of their largest goals is to look to the future, “an effort to save the world.” Chidaine’s household wines are varying styles of Chenin Blanc from dry to off-dry to sparkling. Their inspired lineup includes classic reds and whites from the Loire made into vibrant, juicy styles ranging in price points. Their momentum only continues as they seek to better the world around them.
Les Tuffeaux refers to the soil type here in Montlouis called “tuffe” which is soft white limestone. The Chenin is made in a semi-sweet style called demi-sec or “vin tendre”, or partially sweet. Even though the hint of sweetness is present, the natural acidity of the Chenin comes through making for a deliciously balanced wine. The wine is aged for up to six months in small barrels and almost a year on its lees for richness. This would be a wonderful wine to pair with seafood dishes or with soft cheeses from the Loire.