Wine of the Week: François Pinon Vouvray Non-Dosé

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Do you love Champagne? Of course you do. Have you ever tried a sparkling Vouvray? No? Well, let me introduce you two. Vouvray is made from the Chenin Blanc grape in a wide variety of styles. It can be still, bubbly, dry, sweet, or somewhere in between. Vouvray can age for decades, or be enjoyed while young and fresh. Sparkling Vouvray has all the opulence of a real Champagne, without the hefty price tag. What’s not to love?

We’ve curated this affordable, delicious bubbly from Vouvray producer François Pinon to share with you. I love Vouvray for it’s affordability – some of the finest examples can be acquired for less than $40. This one in particular, François Pinon NV Vouvray Non-Dosé, is a gorgeous, elegant, minerally, rich, bone-dry example of sparkling Vouvray. Non-dosé means there was no dosage – the sugar that gets added to some sparkling wines after disgorging. Expect notes of brioche, citrus, and crushed rocks. On the palate, it’s lively and pure, with loads of fine bubbles. Not only is it delicious, but it’s made with certified organic grapes and a light hand. It’s hard to find Vouvray of this quality at such a great price.

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Winemaker: François Pinon
Bio: François Pinon is a retired child psychologist, making some of the best wines in Vouvray since 1987. He aims to maintain typicity of the region in his wines.
Region: France>Loire Valley>Vouvray
Vineyard: Certified Organic, estate-grown. Clay and silica soil on a base of tuffeau (limestone) and silex (flint). Average vine age is 25 years. Vineyards are plowed & hand-harvested, and chemical fertilizers and pesticides are never used.
Blend: 100% Chenin Blanc
Aging: 12 months sur lie
Production Notes: Only certified Organic estate fruit is used in the production of this wine, and the care taken in the vineyard really shines through. Aging occurs in a combination of stainless steel tanks and foudres (old, large-format oak casks) to maintain balance and freshness. Non-Dosé means there was no sugar added during disgorgement, so this wine is very dry. The finished wine is then sterile-filtered instead of heavily dosed with SO2 to provide stability.
Tasting Notes: Have you ever had a sparkling Vouvray? It’s like drinking real Champagne without the deep regret of emptying your bank account. Chenin Blanc lends itself to this Loire Valley specialty, producing a nuanced and delicious sparkling wine. Fresh, savory, bubbly, Chenin Blanc goodness. It’s our favorite sparkling wine from Vouvray.
Food Pairings: Oysters, shellfish, goat cheese, trout, brunch foods, asparagus, salads.