Vouvray "Déronnières"

2018
France
Loire

100% Chenin Blanc. Deronnières used to be blended into the Silex Noir but starting in 2015, it was bottled separately because it features limestone rather than silex (flint) soils. The Deronnières vines are around 50 years old and are the first to ripen, thanks to their hilltop exposure and limestone-rich soils. The vines have been certified organic since 2007. The fruit is harvested by hand, rigorously sorted and whole-cluster pressed. The juice flows by gravity into tank for a spontaneous native-yeast fermentation that lasts 2-3 months; it stops naturally in Pinon's cold cellar carved into the tuffeau hillside. The wine is  aged on its fine lees for 4-5 months in a variety of used oak ranging from 500-liter demi-muids to 20-hectoliter foudres.  Deronnières is vinified and aged just like its Silex Noir and Trois Argiles counterparts, but often emerges as a leaner, more mineral, less sweet wine than either; in 2018, it finished with a technically sec-level of 8 grams RS and 4.7 grams acidity.

90 points
"Pinon’s demi-sec often might be termed tendre, with a lot of tension. But this falls on the sweeter side, a true demi-sec with 26 grams per liter residual sugar. Aromas of flavors of ripe pear and apricot and less floral the 2017. Lots of solid minerality throughout, though softer than 2017. Aged 6-7 months in a mix of large and small older barrels."
Jason Wilson,
Vinous Media
, July 2020
93 points
"The les Déronnières vineyard used to be included in the Silex Noir cuvée, but beginning with the 2015 vintage, it began to be bottled on its own, as it is a lieu à dit that is planted on limestone soils, whereas the other vineyards that go into the Silex Noir are on flint and clay. The vines here are fifty years of age, farmed organically (as are all the Pinon vineyards) and raised in old oak casks. The 2018 les Déronnières offers up a refined bouquet of apple, quince, just a whisper of leesy tones, a beautiful base of chalky soil, orange peel and a topnote of white lilies. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and quite dry, with a lovely core of fruit, superb mineral drive, zesty acids and a long, complex, racy and very well-balanced finish. The limestone here really gives this wine cut and grip on the backend! This is quite a bit drier than the Silex Noir or les Trois Argiles cuvées in this vintage. 2021-2055+. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB8902-18
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Organic