I tasted four of the Pinon wines and particularly enjoyed three of them starting with the lemon and clean 2010 Tuffa (5.50€), a sec with 5 grams of residual and good length. It comes from vines planted on caillottes (limestone). Then 2009 Authentique, a sec tendre – 12g of sugar remaining and a clean mineral finish. We finished with the 2007 demi-sec Initiale (7.30€), which fermented for a year, with its attractive combination of rich aromas including a a touch of honey along with the typical 2007 austere finish. I preferred this to the 2010 Emotion demi-sec (5.50€).
Third generation vignerons, the Pinons have 25 hectares in Vernou-sur-Brenne. 50% of their production is sparkling and 50% still wine with nothing sold off to the négoce.
From the other vignerons present I noted the steely 2009 Domaine sec from Catherine Dhoye Deruet (Domaine de la Fontainerie, Vouvray) and her richer but mineral 2009 Coteau la Fontainerie that spends a year in new wood. The wood is still quite present – it has good potential and just needs time.