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François Chidaine 'Clos du Breuil' Montlouis 2019

Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay, The Sommelier’s Atlas of Taste

Chidaine’s Clos du Breuil is a Montlouis treasure. This single, three-hectare site, slopes towards the Loire River and is home to some of Chidaine's oldest vines (up to 90 years of age). A flint-stone’s throw from Clos HabertClos du Breuil rests on one of the highest points in the appellation. The soil is clay and coarse flint over a subsoil of limestonethe type known to the locals as les perruchesChidaine’s vines are spread across several plots, and the fruit was hand-harvested with several ‘tris’. It was naturally fermented in 600 litre demi-muids over a period of up to 10 months.