Jean-Pierre Robinot is one of the most famed producers of the wine world, and rightly so. He founded one of Paris’ first natural wine bars, l’Ange Vin, along with influential French wine magazine Rouge et Blanc. In 2000, he bought a vineyard just out of the village of Chahaignes, where he crafts phenomenal vins slowly and naturally, in old, humid cellars cut directly into the hills many years ago. He is patient, holding wines in barrel until he believes they're ready; which can sometimes be more than 5 years. He has two domaines under which he releases his wines: Les Vignes de l’Ange Vin (using grapes from plots of vines that he owns and manages organically and biodynamically), and L’Opera des Vins label (where he buys the grapes from friends who also manage their vineyards in the same way). Jean-Pierre is in his early seventies with the vivaciousness of a teenager.
Pineau d’Aunis is a native grape of the area around the city of Tours in the Loire Valley. This 2017 Pineau d’Aunis comes from organic vines that flourish in soils of red clay, quartz and limestone in the Jasnieres appellation (even though Robinot hasn’t applied for appellation status). It sings of pepper berry, game meat, petrichor, star anise and forest, with a melody that will resound for YEARS to come (if you can wait).