Candide 2019 – Chenin Blanc – (Magnum)

Candide 2019 – Chenin Blanc – (Magnum)

92/100 Points by Decanter
4.2/5 Vivino Rating

Grape: Chenin Blanc
Alcohol: 12% abv
Type: Dry White
Vintage: 2019
Format: 150cl (Magnum)
Classification: Vin de France
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Country: France





100% Chenin Blanc and declassified as Vin de France this is part of the limited bottled ” Les Dissidents” range.

With a gorgeous lemony floral perfume, this wine literally fills the mouth with a dazzling dance of clotted cream and white citrus, baked pears and almonds. It unfurls in the glass, offering up dried chamomile flowers, and a touch of crème brûlée. Would definitely stand up to a spicy Asian-inspired dish or fresh fish and herbs. Stunning!


Languedoc-Roussillon, is one of the largest and most diverse wine-producing regions in France. It is located in the southern part of the country, along the Mediterranean coast. It has a long history of viticulture and winemaking, and it’s known for producing a wide range of wine styles.

This region benefits from a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The diverse geography includes coastal plains, rolling hills, and mountainous areas, which create a variety of microclimates and soil types.


Cabardès is situated in the western part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, not far from the city of Carcassonne. The vineyards are spread across the foothills of the Montagne Noire (Black Mountain) and benefit from a variety of microclimates due to the region’s diverse geography.

“Les Dissidents”

The term “Les Dissidents” is a term in French used to refer to the winemaker who opposes or dissent from the established norms, authority, or mainstream views, in this case within the Cabardès AOP.  Les Dissidents challenge the status quo and the established rules and policies.

Following a number of experiments, a whole instinctive range comprised of micro-cuvees and varietal wines, prohibited by the appellation, in truly exclusive, libertarian style. In numbered bottles with a choice of what the winemaker believe to be the best varieties of the soil, this unclassified range of French wine defies the institutions, their regulations and conventional wine.


Yield of only 25 hectoliters per hectare on white limestone and clay soils. Non sulfite fermentation with indigenous yeasts and bio-protection (by using non saccharomyces yeasts to avoid brettanomyces.) Fermentation in 20 HL foudre at 18°C without malolactic fermentation and ageing 6 months in 1,600 liter clay jars.  Ripe nectarine, apricot and fleshy peach with a tropical edge, this is lively with a juicy core and persistent finish. Lovely depth of flavour in the mid-palate and it really lasts on the finish. 

Ideal serving temperature –  10°C.

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