100% Chenin Blanc. 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)
100% whole cluster press, 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 another 2-3 years on the fine lees before being disgorged snd released
Chalky yet creamy texture bursting with the full spectrum of complexity and drinkability we love from an incredible Chenin.
92 pts Vinous:
"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."