Vouvray "Trois Argiles"
100% Chenin Blanc. Trois Argiles brings together 3 parcels totaling 3.75 hectares and having a higher proportion of sandy clay (argile) over limestone versus other Pinon sites. These parcels are on an east-facing plateau above the Silex Noir parcels and are cooler and less humid; thus, harvest is a few days later but with low botrytis risk. 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. Trois Argiles is vinified and aged just like its Deronnières and Silex Noir counterparts, but usually comes out fuller-bodied, richer and riper-feeling, with residual sugar solidly in the demi-sec range. In 2018 the wine finished with 22 grams RS and 4.1 grams acidity.