Each year Chidaine’s incredible gift to us is long anticipated, and each year we are as delighted as little kids on Christmas day. For those of you yet to experience the impeccable artistry of this Loire Valley giant, you are in for a major surprise. Chidaine’s cellar is in Montlouis-sur-Loire, the center of the Loire Valley region known as the Touraine, so named for its proximity to the historic city of Tours, about 150 miles southwest of Paris. Montlouis is Chenin Blanc country, and nobody makes truer Chenin than François. If you’re lucky enough to visit three-star restaurants in France, you’re likely to see Chidaine’s wines on their wine lists. Chidaine may be winedom’s worst kept secret. Because the noble Chenin Blanc is not currently as fashionable as wines made with Chardonnay, the best examples—world class wines—are still affordable to us working stiffs.