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Who is Jean-Pierre Robinot?

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As you cast your gaze over the crowd at the Dive Bouteilles, one of the world’s legendary natural wine trade events, you catch a glimpse of an eccentric, mad-hatter-ish figure. As you survey these chilly, dimly lit vaults below the Chateau de Brézé, you notice an energetic, distinctively clad gentleman in a loud, checkered coat and ropey, purple tie, darting in and out of the chatting circles, exhilarating each and then rapidly moving on. You make your way to a broad, cavernous chamber- one of the most popular at the Dive- that holds a collection of excellent Loire Valley vignerons. Through the throngs, you spy this now familiar, flamboyantly dressed apparition, his various neon sign labeled bottles atop a barrel resting lengthwise. Slowly, you make your way to his “table,” swirl, sniff, swish, spit, repeat, along the way. By the time you arrive, palate fatigue has set in; yet as you put your nose in the first glass of his wine, it dawns on you that what you smell is utterly new and unique. You move through his lineup of wines, savoring each, and realizing that Pineau D’Aunis has never tasted like this before… This is the indefatigable Jean-Pierre Robinot.

 

A Loire Valley native, before Monsieur Robinot was a vigneron, he was a Paris wine bar owner, a marathon runner, and a co-founder of the exceptional wine publication: “Le Rouge et Le Blanc.” He began making wine in 2002, after looking around for land near his home town of Chahaignes (near the Jasnieres appellation), with a few hectares of his own vines and some purchased grapes. Currently, Robinot makes two lines of wines: “L’Ange Vin,” from his vineyards, and “L’Opera du Vin,” his negociant line. Robinot now has ten hectares in Jasnieres and Coteaux du Loire, all of which are farmed organically. He is known for making contemplation-worthy Chenin Blanc and Pineau D’Aunis, always fermented long and slow with native yeasts, bottled unfiltered and with minimal sulfur. This is a hands-on operation in which he is actively involved every step of the way; perhaps some of the energy of the man rubs off on the wines, which show the best qualities of natural winemaking: terroir, clarity of fruit, and a sense of very little manipulation. There is no reason not to drink these wines at every possible opportunity. -msb

Robinot (l'Opera des Vins) 2009 Vin de Table Concerto D'Oniss

We're very happy to have the delicious wines of Jean-Pierre Robinot back at Chambers Street! This lovely Pineau d'Aunis is from grapes sourced in the Coteaux du Loir from 50 to 80 year-old vines. Very aromatic with complex plum and floral aromas fruits with hints of pepper. Light to medium bodied and quite refreshing, it's drinking beautifully now but will benefit from short-term cellaring also.

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Robinot (L'Opera des Vins) 2009 Vin de Table Petillant Naturel Les Annees Folles

We have always enjoyed Robinot's "Les Annees Folles", a delicious rose sparkling Pineau D'Aunis. This year's version has just arrived and my first taste prompted a hasty call to Chahaignes — "What have you done, Jean-Pierre? Did you put the wrong labels on the Annees Folles?" "No, no" he said, laughing, "it's a blend — Chenin Blanc and Chenin Rouge — a Mondial!" Whatever it is, it's delicious, with weighty and complex Chenin aromas and flavors with a background of earthy Pineau D"Aunis fruit. Two warnings — one, it seems to disappear very quickly, and two, it's unfiltered and probably un-sulphured — a fascinatingly tasty, if somewhat cloudy, natural wine!

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Robinot (Les Vignes de l'Ange Vin) 2008 Vin de Table Nocturne

A stunning wine made from Robinot's own 70-90 year old vines and with a longer élevage than his Concerto cuvée. An almost heady floral nose with astute mineral and a subtle hint of that classic pineau peppercorn note. A rare treat. P.G.

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Robinot (Les Vignes de L'Ange Vin) 2009 Vin de Table Le Regard du Loir # 1

Le Regard du Loir is Concerto's more serious brother, with deeper, darker fruit and more density on the palate. While not tannic, the wine is stuctured enough to keep nicely, although it's quite beautiful now drunk over a few days. This is a delicious Pineau d'Aunis that will complement a wide variety of foods, not to mention being lip-smaking good on it's own...

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