I can’t believe I didn’t have multiple notes on this in CT, or here, but this seems to be my first for the 2010 vintage.
2010 François Chidaine Montlouis-sur-Loire Les Choisilles - France, Loire Valley, Touraine, Montlouis-sur-Loire (4/29/2017)
Medium light hay in color, trying to think back to how this was on release, seems just a little less intense, but still has a good combination of nice fruit and lean minerality, turning almost austere on the finish. I suspect this has shed a bit of its more youthful depth, and is becoming more taut and steely with some age. In a very nice place now, should continue to develop well. (91 pts.)
Thanks for posting this, Alan. I was just noodling in the cellar and about grabbed one of these, but decided to pull the 2010 Huet Bourg instead, which is now chilling down. Love the 2010 vintage for Vouvray and MSL.
Last week I drank the 2010 Le Bouchet, my preferred cuvee from Chidaine. While definitely on the other side of the sweetness spectrum from the Choisilles, it was also drinking beautifully, with a great balance between sugar the structure. It was best on the first night, and lost a little on the second night, which will probably get my to drink the remaining bottles sooner rather than later, especially since I don’t have any idea how these wines will age, my first vintage of Chidaine being the 2007.
Opened a F Chidaine 2010 Les Argiles today, definitely premoxed. I think the second premixed bottle of the six I bought at retail last year. Disappointing,