Pinon makes two brut sparkling wines, both of which are made with the méthode champenoise and from hand harvested, gently tended 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.
45 year old vines (that have been tended with certified organic treatments since 2007)
Chalky yet creamy texture bursting with the full spectrum of complexity and drinkability we love from an incredible Chenin. Delicious now but can also be cellared for 10-20 years. A must for fans of brut nature Champagne.
region: Loire Valley, France
varietal: Chenin Blanc
style: bubbly (Champagne method)
farming/cellar: certified organic, hand harvested in 3 careful passes,100% whole cluster press, gentle and slow press, gravity flow winery, 4 to 6 week spontaneous fermentation in steel tanks Spends 2-3 months on lees in a combination of steel and old neutral oak, bottled lightly filtered, then in bottle spends 4 years (!) on the fine lees before being disgorged and released