Pinon

Domaine François Pinon

Former child psychologist François Pinon took over the family winery from his father in 1987 and has turned this small 15-hectare estate in the wine-growing hamlet of the Vallée de Cousse into one of the top in Vouvray in over the last 30 years. His ongoing mission is to express the terroir and the vintage of Vouvray as purely as possible. To that end, Pinon and his former-city-planner son Julien work have been working organically since 2003 and were certified organic in the 2007 vintage. They plow the soils; use minimal treatments, never chemical ones; harvest by hand; use only indigenous yeasts for fermentation in old wood casks; age wines in a mix of stainless steel vats, used barrels and foudres on the fine lees for a year; and use minimal sulfur (opting to lightly filter the wines for stability instead).

Increasingly over time, François and Julien have focused on highlighting their two main terroirs: the rocky flint (silex) soils on the slopes and the clay (argile)-based soils in their flatter sites. Both soil types are on top of a chalky limestone base, the classic Vouvray tuffeau, about 1.5 meters below the surface. Scattered in 20 different parcels, their vines average 40 years old and are re-planted as needed exclusively with massale selections rather than nursery clones. But all of these years later, the total planting remains the same size as François’s father’s before him; rather than grow the size of the operation, the current father-son team remain intent upon doing the very best work possible in their original historic family property.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB8931-15
Organic
Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé (2015)
NV
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon makes two brut sparkling wines, both of which are made with the méthode champenoise and from estate parcels of... Read More
France Loire

DB8892-17
Organic
Vouvray Sec
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon selects some of its flatter, more clay-rich parcels totalling a tiny 0.6 hectare for its sec bottling (their... Read More
France Loire

DB8927-17
Organic
Vouvray Silex Noir
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Silex Noir is named for the black-flint soils characteristic of two parcels totalling 3.7 hectares that go into this... Read More
France Loire

DB8902-17
Organic
Vouvray Déronnières
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Deronnières is the newest of Pinon's site-specific bottlings though the oldest of its vines. The fruit used to be... Read More
France Loire

DB8926-17
Organic
Vouvray Trois Argiles
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Trois Argiles is named for three parcels of clay-rich soils totalling 3.75 hectares that go into this bottling. They lie... Read More
France Loire

DB1364-96
Organic
Vouvray Moelleux Première Trie
1996
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. From organically farmed, hand-harvested estate vines, this “best pass” Vouvray was made from healthy but raisined Chenin... Read More
France Loire

DB8933-16
Organic
Rosé Pétillant Naturel (2016)
NV
Côt
50% Côt (Malbec)/50% Grolleau. This sparkling méthode ancestrale rosé is Pinon's only non-Chenin wine, made from black grapes... Read More
France Loire

DB8875-16
Organic
Vouvray Le
2016
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. The simply named "Le 2016" was Pinon's only still white bottling in this very difficult vintage in which the estate lost... Read More
France Loire

DB8929-05
Organic
Vouvray Cuvée Botrytis
2005
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. This cuvée comes from vines averaging 45 years old in several Pinon sites (Déronnières, Fosses Rouges, Terné and Mortier... Read More
France Loire

DB8931-11
Organic
Vouvray Brut Non-Dosé (2011)
NV
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Méthode champenoise. For both of its Brut bottlings,  Pinon typically utilizes fruit from parcels on a high plateau of... Read More
France Loire

DB8928-14
Organic
90 JG
Vouvray Brut
2014
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon makes two brut sparkling wines, both of which are made with the méthode champenoise and from estate parcels of... Read More
France Loire