Charme, Jean-Pierre Robinot 2020

Jean-Pierre Robinot


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For lovers of real wine, the name Jean-Pierre Robinot and his story are legendary. He fell in love with wine at a young age, moved to Paris, met some of the natural wine movements true pioneers and subsequently opened one of the first bars dedicated to such wines in the city, L’Ange Vin and founded France’s premier journal on the topic, ‘Le Rouge et le Blanc’. It was only a matter of time before he could not resist the urge to join the vignerons he so loved and in the early two thousands he left Paris and moved with his wife Noella back to the village where he grew up in the very north of the Loire to do just that.

The Robinots farm a total of seven hectares of land across two appellations, Jasnières and the Coteaux-du-Loir. The vines are planted over a mix of red clay, limestone and silex and are tended organically, with the majority of treatments coming in the form of infusions of wild plants such as nettles and ferns. Parcels are harvested by hand individually and fermentations take place in the labyrinth of ancient limestone caves beneath the vines. They go slow and steady and can often last months, even years. 

Chenin Blanc from a vineyard around forty years old, picked a little later than Bistrologie and pressed straight to old barrels for fifteen months of élevage. With an inviting nose of orchard fruits and crushed stones, this pairs its plush fruit with a lingering line of acid that really resonates. A wine of rare energy, it has a long life ahead.

Producer Jean-Pierre Robinot

Origin Jasnières, Loire, France

Grapes Chenin Blanc

Vintage 2020

Alcohol 12.5% ABV

Style Medium body natural white

Bottle size 750ml 

Winemaking Manual harvested, direct press, fermented with indigenous yeast, aged for 15 months in oak. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.

Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic