François Pinon Vouvray Brut Non Dosé

SKU #1059840 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale yellow with a strong bead. Lemon rind and pear on the nose, plus a strong note of talc. Tangy and sharply focused on entry, offering brisk citrus and dusty mineral flavors that gain richness with air while retaining vivacity. Then quite dry on the back, with noteworthy finishing clarity and lingering minerality. This puts on weight with air and will be very flexible at the table. Made entirely from 2008 juice.  (6/ 2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Francois Pinon’s NV Vouvray Brut Non-Dose L07356 demonstrates that really low residual sugar is not incompatible in Vouvray with succulent ripe fruit expression, in this instance of quince, pear, and passion fruit. Nor is a sense of minerality by way of alkaline, wet stone, and saline traces lacking here, and the whole is wreathed in a musky, narcissus like florality and hints of snuffed candle wick and lees. Enjoy this over the coming year, though no doubt another excellent lot will be essayed as its successor.  (8/ 2010)

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By: David Othenin-Girard |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/9/2011  | Send Email
Perfect for Oysters! Austere, racy, high acid balanced by honey and ripe apple. Lot's of fun, but not for your Veuve Yellow Label drinkers.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.
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France

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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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