2019 Francois Chidaine Touraine Rose

Loire Valley, France

A quality, complex French Rose with edgy interest and a natty feel.



About The Wine

Francois Chidaine is a master of Chenin Blanc in the famous appellations of Montlouis and Vouvray but has applied his magic touch to a great value Rose from the greater Touraine region, that is at once succulent and textured.

Grolleau is the native red variety that makes up the majority of the blend, with some Pinot Noir and Gamay as supporting acts. Grolleau is now almost always used as a base for quality Rose, producing spicy red fruit characters and some herbal edges.

Wild-fermented, which is rare for Rose, this combines a deep colour, a hearty, fleshy palate and funky feel that makes for a fascinating lo-fi wine.

About Francois Chidaine

Just across the river from Vouvray, to the south, is the appellation of Montlouis, also dedicated to Chenin Blanc. There, Francois Chidaine has built an unsurpassed reputation as a great organic grower-producer.

Super-low yields and minimal intervention are his watchwords, both in Montlouis and in Vouvray. And look out for bargain Sauvignon Blanc and Rose from Touraine, and probably more to come.

Vigneron François Chidaine
Vigneron François Chidaine
Credit @Domaine François Chidaine
Additional Info

From The Importer

Chidaine's fragrant, full-flavoured and textured dry rosé is made predominantly from Grolleau (70%), with the remainder being Pinot Noir and Gamay. The vines are rooted in the flint, clay and limestone of the Cher Valley between Tours and Orléans.

Wild-fermented and raised in steel tank, this a fleshy, textured yet refreshing rosé, with waves of grenadine and red berry fruit, shot through with sappy, mouth-watering freshness. Another bargain from one of France's most revered winegrowers.

Closure : Cork
Bottle Size : 750ml

Vineyards of François Chidaine
Vineyards of François Chidaine
Credit @Domaine François Chidaine
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

DDS review

Lovely to see a non-Provence French Rose! The Chidaine is textured and satisfying, a Rose that nudges the wild side but remains righteously delicious- The DD Wine Crew.


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