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Les Années Folles, Jean-Pierre Robinot 2020
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.
This wonderful sparkling rosé is made from a direct press of Pineau d’Aunis that began fermentation in cuve, spent nine months on lees in bottle and was disgorged by hand. A beautiful shade of peach, the delicate bubbles carry varietal notes of red fruit, minerals and white pepper. A wonderful example of the genre.
Producer Jean-Pierre Robinot
Origin Jasnières, Loire, France
Grapes Pineau d'Aunis
Alcohol 12% ABV
Style Light body sparkling red
Bottle size 750ml
Winemaking Manual harvested, fermented with indigenous yeast, aged for 9 months on lees. Unfiltred and unfined. No added sulphites.
Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic