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Francois Chidaine Vin de France (Vouvray) Les Argiles 2019

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Francois Chidaine Vin de France (Vouvray) Les Argiles 2019
Producer Domaine François Chidaine
Region, Country Vouvray, France
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 20704-750

Organic. Most readers will already know that although this wine is 100% from Vouvray it is not permitted to be labelled as such because it is fermented and aged across the river in Montlouis. It’s therefore labelled as Vin de France, a change in circumstance that has not bothered Chidaine’s clients one jot.
 
As always, this magnificent bottling is drawn from a series of clay-rich Vouvray sites (argiles = clay) that surround the Clos Baudoin. These include L’Espagnole, La Chatterie, L’Homme, La Reugnières and Le Haut Lieu (of Huet fame). Set away from the river, these sites are mostly populated with 40-year-old bush vines, which grow on deep, chalky clay over a subsoil of limestone. All these vineyards are managed biodynamically and with regenerative agriculture. 
 
Les Argiles is hand-harvested with multiple passes through the vineyards. Fermentation occurred with indigenous yeasts, and aging was on lees in wooden barrels (demi-muids) of 600-litre capacity for around 11 months. The combination of a warm and dry vintage with Chidaine’s precise, old-school winemaking has conveyed a predictably top-flight, dry, chalky and savoury Chenin Blanc.

Francois Chidaine Vin de France (Vouvray) Les Argiles 2019

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