Grapes: Chenin Blanc Style: White ABV: 13% Any added sulphites: No Method: Organic, Biodynamic Filtered: No Size: 75cl
Bright, breezy and oh-so complex, this Chenin Blanc from Robinot bursts with an explosive acidity and deep herbaceous notes.
Chenin Blanc from forty year old vines, given a direct press straight to barrel, where it fermented and rested on lees for fifteen months. This is incredibly lively, with an intense, stony minerality and an incredibly refreshing, green apple-like acidity. As with all Robinot white wines, there are also fino sherry aromas of almonds, bruised apples and souk spices. It makes for a formidable apéritif.
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.
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 movement's true pioneers and subsequently opened one of the first bars dedicated to such wines - 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.