Pinon, Domaine François et Julien

Domaine François et Julien 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.

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DB8928-17
Organic
90 JG
Vouvray Brut
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon makes two brut sparkling wines, both méthode champenoise from estate parcels of flinty clay soils over the classic... Read More

DB8928-15
Organic
90 JG
Vouvray Brut
2015
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon makes two brut sparkling wines, both méthode champenoise from estate parcels of flinty clay soils over the classic... Read More

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

DB8933-18
Organic
Rosé Pétillant Naturel Brut (2018)
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

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

DB8902-18
Organic
Vouvray Déronnières (Sec)
2018
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Deronnières used to be blended into the Silex Noir but starting in 2015, it was bottled separately because it features... Read More

DB8892-18
Organic
Vouvray Sec
2018
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon selects 0.6 hectare's worth of its flatter, more clay-forward parcels for its sec bottling (their flintier silex... Read More

DB8927-17
Organic
Vouvray Silex Noir
2017
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Silex Noir is named for the rare black-flint soils characteristic of these two parcels totaling 3.7 hectares that go... Read More

DB8926-18
Organic
Vouvray Trois Argiles
2018
Chenin Blanc
100% Chenin Blanc. Trois Argiles brings together 3 parcels totaling 3.75 hectares and having a higher proportion of sandy clay (argile)... Read More

DB2962-90
Organic
Vouvray Goutte d'Or
1990
Chenin Blanc