Jean Pierre Robinot - 2020 Charme

2020 Charme

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Variety
Chenin Blanc
Region
Loire Valley, France
Abv
12%
Volume
750ml

Oh look! A Robinot Chenin. Mon dieu, move quick! It’s one that’ll live for a long time, given it’s rich, oxidative quality. Like toasted almonds and walnuts, coated in sticky honey and poured on quince, apple and pear, served with a slice of hard cheese. All that? In a wine? Again, mon dieu. Dinner plans sorted. The Charme is a lovely example of the Loire Valley varietal that has been matured in old oak barrels. Old oak is used by the vast majority of natural winemakers because the old barrel...Read More...

Oh look! A Robinot Chenin. Mon dieu, move quick! It’s one that’ll live for a long time, given it’s rich, oxidative quality. Like toasted almonds and walnuts, coated in sticky honey and poured on quince, apple and pear, served with a slice of hard cheese. All that? In a wine? Again, mon dieu. Dinner plans sorted. The Charme is a lovely example of the Loire Valley varietal that has been matured in old oak barrels. Old oak is used by the vast majority of natural winemakers because the old barrels no longer impart that overpowering vanilla flavour to the wine. Instead, they allow a little oxygen to reach the wine ensuring that it will last longer in the bottle. The Charme vineyard is over 40 years old and was bought by Jean-Pierre and Noella about ten years ago in the Jasnieres district. The soils are quite chalky and this is reflected in the wine.

There are some names in the halls of natural wine fame that ring true throughout the world – Cornelissen for Mount Etna, Radikon for Oslavia, Cantina Giardino for Campania…and certainly Jean-Pierre Robinot for the Loire Valley. Well into his 70’s Robinot still has an infectious enthusiasm like a person built for bringing out the passion in others. In his youth, he opened one of Paris’s first natural wine bars, L’Ange Vin, and founded one of France’s most long standing wine magazines - Rouge et Blanc. Eventually, he sold the bar and quit the words, and in the early 2000’s, bought a vineyard and started making wines himself. Situated between Le Mans and Tours in the Loire Valley, he is one of the most exciting vignerons working with Chenin Blanc and Pineau d’Aunis (the Loire’s forgotten red varietal) that are beyond enchanting. Wild and beguiling, they are wines you must try if you consider yourself any kind of natural wine enthusiast.

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