Vouvray Brut "Non-Dosé"


100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon makes two brut sparkling wines, both of which are made with the méthode champenoise and from estate parcels of flinty clay soils over the classic Vouvray tuffeau (soft chalky limestone). The later-harvested,top-quality fruit goes into this zero-dosage bottling to allow for a better balance in the final wine. The vines for both average 45 years old and have been certified-organic since 2007. The fruit is harvested manually and goes through a rigorous three-step sorting process. The clusters are gently and slowly pressed whole,and juice flows by gravity to tanks below. Fermentation is spontaneous with indigenous yeasts in tank and lasts 4 to 6 weeks. The wine is racked into old tonneaux and steel tanks for 2 to 3 months of aging on the fine lees. It is then lightly filtered and bottled for its second fermentation.

92 points
"A richly fragrant, dry sparkling 2017 Brut Non Dosé with ripe, baked apples, pear fruit and savory characters. There's a core of intense fruit and plentiful richness on the mid-palate, creating a vinous style. After three years on lees, there's a fine and gently integrated mousse. You can expect a chalky texture and a creamy note on the fresh finish. While there's been no dosage, it isn't aggressively dry, as these styles can be, but well balanced. One of the best sparklers you'll find in Vouvray."
Rebecca Gibb,
Vinous Media
, March 2021

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Chenin Blanc
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