Francois Chidaine Les Argiles Chenin Blanc
At the Domaine, François is a true champion of the Chenin Blanc grape and touts its ability to produce vibrant wines that age gracefully. He is happiest in his vines, but being among his barrels is a close second. In many circles, François is as respected a vinifier as he is a vigneron.
Les Argiles is a cuvée made from Chenin Blanc (also called Pineau de Loire). The terroir is composed of deep clays and white chalk, only of a clay-limestone nature. After pressing, alcoholic fermentation is carried out by indigenous yeasts in demi-muids of 600 litres. It lasts up to 6 months and does not undergo malolactic fermentation. Aging is carried out in the same types of barrels, on fine lees.