The Bistrologie is a beautifully-crafted, classic expression of the Loire Valley's favourite grape variety, namely Chenin Blanc. The grapes are harvested from very healthy vines that have benefitted from not having been sprayed with herbicides or pesticides that degrade the soil. It has power and finesse simultaneously - something that is not easy for a winemaker to do. The time it has spent in old wooden barrels has softened it and given it a pleasing roundness. The finish on this wine is incredibly long. - Importer Note
Jean-Pierre Robinot is a legend! His wines are served in the best wine bars in Paris, Copenhagen and New York. When we drop into the famous l'Entree des Artistes in Paris and ask for the most interesting wine in their cellar, it is a Robinot that is reverentially brought to the table.
He's in his early 70s with the energy and enthusiasm of a teenager. He had one of the first natural wine bars in Paris, called l'Ange Vin, and, while living in Paris also was one of the founders of Rouge et Blanc, still one of France's most influential wine magazines. But he eventually sold the bar and in 2000 bought a vineyard, just out of the village of Chahaignes, where he now lives. It's also where he grew up.
This is almost midway between Tours and Le Mans in the Loire Valley, although more specifically in the Loir Valley (the Loir is a tributary of the Sarthe River which eventually flows into the Loire River. He has about 10 hectares, split across several locations. Some of the vineyards would be classified as Jasnières if he worked within the appellation rules.
All his wines are fermented naturally (often very slowly over more than a year) and his still wines in old barrels in humid cellars cut directly into the hills many years ago, some so old that it's hard to believe that they stay together. He is patient, holding wines in barrel until he believes they are ready, which can sometimes be more than 5 years.
Jean-Pierre has two domaines that he releases his wines under. The first in Les Vignes de l'Ange Vin where the wines are made from plots of vines that he owns and manages organically and biodynamically. His other wines are released under the L'Opera des Vins label. Here he buys the grapes from friends who also manage their vineyards in the same way as Jean-Pierre. In both cases, the approach to the winemaking is the same.
He has always had the patience to wait until the wine is ready to release rather than rushing it to the market. And the results show the wisdom of that approach.
- Importer Note
|Product Type||Wine White Chenin Blanc|