Pinon 2015 Petillant Naturel Rosé - 50% Cot, 50% Grolleau, 100% Delicious!

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This beautiful sparkling rosé is made from vines planted by Francois Pinon's father Claude in the 1970's - "...a lovely plot with clay soils" says Francois. Made primarily for their local customers, the Pinons finally released a bit to Chambers Street some years ago after we spied it hidden in the back of their cellar. This year, with the encouragement of Francois' son Julien, the wine was made as a Petillant Naturel instead of the normal Methode Traditionelle (Champagne Method). "After four weeks in barrel, we bottled on the 10th of November with about 17 grams (per liter) of sugar. No filtration, just one racking. No sugar added at the disgorgement on April 5th, 20 mg/liter total SO2." We tasted the wine last winter, and as you might imagine, it's fantastic - finishing round and refreshing with gorgeous red-currant and wild-strawberry fruit - perfect as an aperitif or served with any light meal - a joyous addition to your summer vacation or picnic in the park! We've known the Pinons for 35 years, first tasting with Claude in 1981, and we're happy to have the third generation, Julien, joining his father in the vines and cellar. The 2014 Vouvrays here were fantastic, by the way, and will cellar beautifully for many, many years. We're offering the last of the superb "Les Trois Argiles" in today's email along with the 2014 "Silex Noir," the superb new "Les Déronnières" and the wonderful 2012 Vouvray Brut. Arriving in the same shipment with the Pinon Pet Nat is the lovely 2015 Olga Raffault Chinon Rosé - it's a scintillating and delicious bone-dry Cabernet Franc that will be ultra-refreshing this summer!

(As we go to press, the arrival of the 2015 Pinon and 2015 Raffault have been postponed a few days due to back-ups at the port. The wines are now expected in the store by approximately Wednesday, June 1st. We apologize for the delay.)

Pinon, François 2014 Vouvray Brut

From a plot of very old Chenin Blanc vines, François' Brut NV is kept on the lees for 18 months before bottling. It has pretty apple, pear, floral and toasty flavors with good acidity balancing the fruit. The current cuvée is from 2014 and it's one of their best ever - a bit riper than usual with round but well defined fruit—a great alternative to Champagne, it's delicious as an apéritif before the meal or afterwards with apple pie. This is a great choice during the holidays - a real crowd-pleaser at a great price, before, after or during the meal!

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Pinon, François 2015 Vin de France Petillant Naturel Rosé

Get your Thanksgiving off to a great start with a glass of Pet Nat Rosé  from Julien and François Pinon - made from old vines of Malbec and Grolleau grown in Vouvray. It's a deliciously natural sparkling wine with lovely hints of red currant and berry fruits, dry but not too dry and with a refreshing finish. And it will go well with the turkey or at the end with some pumpkin pie...

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Pinon 2014 Vouvray Les Trois Argiles

The 2014 Trois Argiles is a fabulous young Vouvray in the Pinon's preferred Sec-Tendre style showing beautiful aromatics of pear, lemon confit, stone, almond, lime-flower and honey. The palate is deep and ripe with stone and saline minerals, creamy lemon, apple and pear. The wine is dense and very long with superb balance of ripe fruits with very firm acidity. A great Vouvray that is drinking wonderfully now and will be worth revisiting in ten, twenty or thirty years! 12.2%, 15g RS, and 6.2g total acidity.

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Pinon 2014 Vouvray Silex Noir

After a disastrous hail-storm in 2012 and tiny yields in 2013, Francois Pinon finally has wine to sell and from an outstanding vintage. Tasting through samples of his 2014s in February we were thrilled by these beautiful wines, clearly among the very best of the appellation. The Silex Noir is from parcels of clay over limestone with black flint, giving wines with a unique mineral character and complex, open aromas. The 2014 is superbly balanced at 12.1% alcohol and 15 grams of RS with very firm acidity. Lovely citrus, dried pear, licorice and floral aromas with full-bodied palate of minerals, white fruits and citrus, finishing with good acidity. Though quite delicious now, this is a very young wine that will benefit from decanting or aging, perhaps best 2025 to 2035.

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Pinon 2014 Vouvray Deronnieres

The grapes for this new cuvee from Francois Pinon used to be included in the Silex Noir, but this wonderful vineyard, on a hill-top directly above the Pinon's cave, much deserves to be bottled on it's own. At 18 grams/liter of residual sugar, 12.4% alcohol and strong acidity, the Deronnieres approaches Demi-Sec in style but with superb minerality and balance. The wine shows subtle aromas of lime-flower, dried pear, lemons and stones. The palate is very saline and mineral with bitter lemon, white fruits, and herbal notes with impressive density and length. A great demi-sec with fantastic minerality that will age beautifully!

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