Vintage: 2014
Bottle sizes: 1.5 L
Country: France
Region: Loire
Appellation: Montlouis-Sur-Loire
Wine type: White
Varietals: Chenin Blanc
Organic: Practicing
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: Old vines in the vineyards of Les Epinais, La Taille aux Loups and Clos au Renard
Soil: The wine is named after a type of black flint called choisille.
Viticulture: Hand harvested in two to four passes and farmed organically
Vinification: Vinified sec in stainless steel using indiginous yeasts
Aging: Aged in a combination of tank and used demi-muids
Notes: Les Choisilles is a concentrated, powerful dry wine that often needs several years to develop.
Publication: View from the Cellar – John Gilman
Rating: 95+
The 2014 les Choisilles from François Chidaine is a Sec bottling, though this no longer appears on the front label, but is incorporated into a lovely graph of the various domaine bottlings and where they fall on the residual sweetness scale on the back label. The wine is breathtakingly beautiful, soaring from the glass in a deep, vibrant and utterly refined nose of pineapple, sweet quince, chalky soil tones, a dollop of lanolin, tropical fruit blossoms and incipient notes of bee pollen in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and exquisitely balanced, with a superb core of fruit, brisk, perfectly integrated acids and stunning length and grip on the complex and electric finish. This is an utterly brilliant young wine! 2015-2050. - Jon Gilman