Damien Pinon Vouvray 'Tuffo' Sec 2018
Loire Valley, France
Damien Pinon is the third-generation winemaker on his 25-hectare family property in the commune of Vernou-sur-Brenne, which he manages with his wife Ingrid. They only make wines from Chenin Blanc, with vines on average 30-years-old, according to the means of lutte raisonée. The wines are aged in traditional cellars dug straight into the tuffo, and are rich, balanced and true expressions of the joys of Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, one of the most famous wines of the Loire Valley and renowned for ageability.
His Tuffo is named for those limestone-walled cellars (see image) and is the epitome of dry Vouvray. Green apple, quince and spice on the nose then rich pineapple on the palate. Like all of Damien's wines there's a brilliant texture and drinkability.