Francois Chidaine Montlouis Les Choisilles 2019
|France, Loire Valley, Montlouis
Chidaine's 2019 Montlouis sur Loire Les Choisilles is deep, pure, fresh and refined on the nose but still very young, with lemon leaf, chalk and sur lie aromas. On the palate, this is a rich and concentrated Chenin, but it reveals remarkable freshness and energy. It is a bit unfair to compare it to the 2018, which has a year more of development, but I have to, and I am still amused by the 2019, which lifts Les Choisilles to unknown heights. The salinity and mineral grip are really beautiful here in the finish, and I believe the wine can age for two decades. Highly attractive pineapple flavors on the aftertaste. Tasted in March 2021.
A blend of several parcels in Montlouis rather than a single vineyard. The 2019 Les Choisilles is welcoming and succulent in style; it contains 4.7g/L of residual sugar but this softens the palate rather than adds sweetness, while the acidity creates a clean and fresh finish. It's a fairly effortless style with floral characters meeting lime and apple biscuits. A little more length wouldn't go amiss.