2017 François Pinon Silex Noir, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France

2017 François Pinon Silex Noir, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France



100% Chenin Blanc. The vines average 40 years old and have been certified organic since 2007.  Silex Noir is named for the rare black-flint soils characteristic of these two parcels totaling 3.7 hectares that go into this bottling. The vines are planted on a south-southeastern-exposed slope below the plateau of the Trois Argiles parcels; the area is sunnier, warmer and more humid with a tendency toward botrytis.  The fruit is harvested by hand, rigorously sorted and whole-cluster pressed. The juice flows by gravity into tank for a spontaneous native-yeast fermentation that lasts 2-3 months; it stops naturally in Pinon’s cold cellar carved into the tuffeau hillside. The wine is aged on its fine lees for 4-5 months in a variety of used oak ranging from 500-liter demi-muids to 20-hectoliter foudres. Silex Noir is vinified and aged just like its Deronnières and Trois Argiles counterparts; but it comes out the most potently mineral and racy. True to form in 2017, Silex Noir finished with 13.7 grams RS and 5.4 grams acidity.

“A silky, mineral-driven version, featuring wet stone and sel gris notes that stand firm from start to finish, underscoring lemon zest, green plum and quince flavors. A bit taut now, but shows incredible precision, depth and complexity, which should all shine through after a few more years of aging. Best from 2021 through 2031. 200 cases imported.” – 94 points, Wine Spectator (Nov 2019) — AZ


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