François Pinon

VigneronJulien Pinon
LocationVernou-sur-Brenne (Indre-et-Loire)
Size of Domaine15 ha
TerroirContinental climate with Atlantic influence. Clay with outcrops of sand and silex on limestone bedrock (tuffeau). 80m altitude.
ViticultureCertified organic (Ecocert)
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The domaine has been in the ownership of the Pinon family since 1786, with the last seven generations of the family progressively increasing their holdings. François Pinon took over in 1987, and the estate is now in the hands of his son Julien.

Right from the start, François applied ecologically friendly practices to their vineyards in the Vallée de Cousse, one of Vouvray's best sites planted on the excellent and rare rootstock Riparia-Gloire. The soil is clay and silica on a base of limestone with a good proportion of flint and is renowned for producing wines of distinction and long ageing potential – some of their old vintages of Moelleux or Liquoreux are of incredibly high quality.

In 2016, the domaine lost around 90% of its crop due to severe spring frost and therefore assembled the few barrels to release one wine called ‘Le 2016’.

Franҫois and Julien Pinon

François Pinon Wines

François Pinon

Le 2016
100% Chenin (12.5% alc, 14g/l of rs)

Severely hit by frost in 2016, François produced just a tiny quantity of this ‘sec tendre’ cuvée from 45/50yo hillside vineyards, blending his three normal cuvées into one. It is made by arresting the alcoholic fermentation by reducing the temperature down to 1 to 2˚C for two weeks. This leaves 14g/l of unfermented sugars though the beauty of this wine is that its harmony is such that you don’t notice the sugars at all. Very good weight of fruit on the attack, with the palate showing ripe grapefruit, exotic fruits, and an intense saline mineral flavour, this finishes with the clear, cutting edge so typical of chenin. For drinking now to 2026.