The wines of François Pinon are considered among the finest of Vouvray. François, a former child psychologist, took over the estate from his father in 1987, and has steadily made a name for the estate over the past 10 years. He is a serious winemaker whose main focus is "to keep the typicity of both the appellation and the vintage" in all his wines.
Vouvray is the name of a town and the surrounding AOC. Vouvray, the wine, is always white and always Chenin Blanc, but beyond that can vary greatly from dry to sweet to sparkling. Pinon's sparkling Vouvray is a beautiful expression of Chenin Blanc. It has a nice texture, good balance, a pretty and grapey character and a lengthy finish.
Pinon farms organically. He applies no chemicals to the vineyards, plows to keep down weedy growth. New plantings are started by selection from the vineyard, rather than purchases from a nursery, keeping the genetic makeup of his vines consistent. His vineyards total 14 hectares, and are spread around his home in the Vallée de Cousse, about 5 miles northeast of the town of Vouvray. His soil is varied, some clay and silica on a base of limestone with some flint, and the area is rated among the top sites in the appellation for Vouvrays of distinction and long life.