100% Chenin Blanc. Pinon's two main bottlings (both demi-sec officially)--Silex Noir and Trois Argiles--reflect the two different primary soil types found in their vineyards. First bottled in 2007, Silex Noir is named for the "black flint" which is a feature of these stonier soils on the more sloped of the Pinon vineyards. These sites are warmer than those featuring clay (argile) soils and also have higher humidity, so at least a little botrytis is typically found on this fruit, which gets harvested ahead of the Trois Argiles sites. As a result, the wine has a more exotic character and more apparent sweetness and creamier texture overlaying the core of flinty minerality and acidity. 20 g/l residual sugar in 2015. Organic.
"The 2015 Silex Noir from Francois Pinon is a beautiful young bottle of Vouvray, offering up a beautiful synthesis of youthful exuberance and great structural integrity for the long haul. The bouquet is pure and classic, wafting from the glass in a blend of sweet quince, fresh pineapple, lanolin, hints of honeycomb, a gorgeous, chalky base of soil and citrus blossoms in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with a lovely core, great soil signature, bright, perfectly-integrated acids and outstanding focus and grip on the pure, dancing and utterly classic finish. This is a demi-sec in 2015, with an utterly seamless palate impression and the potential for magical complexity down the road. Do not drink all of your bottles in their beautiful first blush of youth, as this wine will go for decades in the cellar! 2017- 2050+."
94+. John Gilman