Some great ratings for a top producer imported by Beaune Imports
Wine Spectator Insider Dec. 16, 2009
François Chidaine Vouvray Clos Baudoin 2007
93 points | $31 | 475 cases made | White
This is loaded with ginger, warm brioche, white peach, chamomile flower, honeysuckle and quinine notes that all ripple through the long, concentrated finish. Ripe, but steely and dry. A beauty. Should age nicely. A three-hectare parcel of 70-year-old vines. Drink now through 2017.-J.M.
François Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Clos du Breuil 2007
92 points |$26 | 1,415 cases made | White
Dry in style, with delicious green almond, fig and dried pear notes waiting in reserve, while hints of biscuit, heather honey and orange blossom flitter throughout. The finish is racy. Best from 2011 through 2013.—J.M.
François Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Les Tuffeaux 2007
92 points |$28 | 1,690 cases made | White
Still a touch tight, with a core of pure Bosc pear and Jonagold apple notes waiting in reserve. Hints of orange blossom, quince, cardamom and green almond chime in on the lengthy finish, which has latent depth. Should open nicely with brief cellaring. Drink now through 2012.—J.M.
François Chidaine Vouvray Le Bouchet 2007
92 points |$29 | 865 cases made | White
Very bright and floral, with lovely, racy honeysuckle, Jonagold apple and chamomile notes that course from start to finish. Long and mouthwatering, with the fruit offset wonderfully by riveting acidity that offset the 15.8 g/l of residual sugar wonderfully. Drink now through 2014.—J.M.
François Chidaine Montlouis Sur Loire Clos Habert 2007
91 points |$29 | 958 cases made | White
Lovely, focused pear and quince flavors glide along, while honeysuckle and mineral notes extend through the pure, mediumweight finish. Just off-dry in feel, with 12.1 g/l residual sugar. Drink now through 2012.—J.M.
François Chidaine Vouvray Les Argiles 2007
91 points |$26 | 1,680 cases made | White
Though broad, with a wide swath of blanched almond, brioche, dried lime peel and pear flavors, this white is also taut, with an underlying lanolin note that leaves a firm, dry feel on the finish. Drink now through 2012.—J.M.