2008 François Chidaine "Clos Habert " Montlouis Sur Loire (demi-sec)

SKU #1060453 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Pineapple and tangerine as well as musky florality and pistachio extract mark the nose and lusciously refreshing palate of Chidaine's 2008 Montlouis Clos Habert, in which residual sugar helps balance electric acidity, compliment its citricity, and reinforce flavors of white peach, quince, honey, malt, and toasted nuts. The aura of truffle oil that many of his 2008s have in common with his 1996s is totally alluring here (and, for junkies, a lot less expensive than an ounce of the real thing!) This becomes richer and deeper as it opens, with a sense of incipient creaminess, yet its kinetics and mouth-watering acidity never flag through a phenomenally persistent finish. Expect this scintillatingly complex Montlouis to be worth following for at least 20 years, and if you do drink it young, be aware that it tastes virtually dry thanks to its residual sugar being canceled by acids and buffered by extract. (DS)  (8/2010)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright yellow. Enticing aromas of nectarine and vanilla bean are complicated by a pungent floral element. Supple, sweet and fine-grained, with a seamless texture to the orchard fruit and spice flavors. Very nicely balanced, fruit-driven and lush wine with well-integrated acidity and a smooth, very persistent finish. (JR)  (5/2010)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


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Alcohol Content (%): 13