Domaine Francois Pinon Vouvray Sec 2018, Loire, France (750ml)
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The vines average 40 years old and have been certified organic since 2007. . 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. In the warm 2018 vintage, the sec finished with 8 grams RS and 4.1 grams acidity. The word "sec" does NOT appear on the label though the wine does meet the 8-gram maximum for the designation.