Vouvray Sec

2019
France
Loire

100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon selects 0.6 hectare's worth of its flatter, more clay-forward parcels for its sec bottling (their flintier silex soils would render the dry wine too aggressively austere). The wine is grown and made identically to the other still white Vouvrays. The vines average 40 years old and 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.

91 points
"The 2019 Sec has delightful clarity and fruit purity, offering fine citrus and floral notes. While it's round and seamless in shape thanks to clay soils and fermentation in older barrels, it’s light on its feet, which is no mean feat. Excellent concentration of fruit."
Rebecca Gibb,
Vinous Media
, March 2021
93 points
"Pinon The 2019 Vouvray Sec from François and Julien Pinon is a lovely young wine, offering up impressive precision and soil signature on both the nose and palate. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a very refined blend of apple, quince, beeswax, chalky soil tones, lanolin and a topnote of orange peel. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and zesty, with a superb core of fruit, bright acids, lovely focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and beautifully balanced finish. First class juice. 2021-2050. "
John Gilman,
View From The Cellar
, May-June 2021

SKU/Code: 
DB8892-19
Product Line: 
Wine
White
Varietal: 
Chenin Blanc
Farming Type: 
Organic