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Jean Pierre Robinot Les Vignes de lAnge Vin Nocturne Pineau dAunis 2015 (Preservative Free)

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This wine is made from grapes picked from vines in the same vineyard as those that are used in the doubly expensive Camille wine. This red wine is made from the lovely Pineau d'Aunis grape. Pineau d’Aunis makes wines with the same weight as Pinot Noir – so relatively lightly-coloured, but it is much more spicy and herbal. We generally find that people who like the slightly bitter herbals flavours of amaro and campari like wines made from this grape variety.


Nocturne is the same vineyard as is used to make the Camille Robinot, but the Nocture is made using the ‘young’ vines which are only 80 years old. For the Camille he uses the 110 year old vines. The Nocturne is aged for approximately 12months on lees in old barrels. No filtering, no fining and no sulphur.


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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 whicheventually 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. 

He and his wife Noella began by buying small plots of old vines and also planting new patches of Chenin Blanc and Pinot d'Aunis (an exciting local variety of red grape). Chenin Blanc is widely grown but Pineau d’Aunis is rarer and generally only grown in parts of the Loire Valley.  Pineau d’Aunis makes wines with the same weight as Pinot Noir – so relatively lightly-coloured, but it is much more spicy and herbal. We generally find that people who like the slightly bitter herbals flavours of amaro and campari like wines made from this grape variety.

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.

The domaine belongs to the small, but influential group called S.A.I.N.S (Sans Aucun Intrant ni Sulfites Ajoutes) who promise to make their wines "without any input or added sulphites".

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Volume (ml)750ml
Winemaking PracticesNatural Wine
Vineyard PracticesOrganic/Biodynamic
Product typeWine White Other Varietal/Blends
Vintage2015
CountryFrance
RegionLoire Valley
Sub-RegionLoir Valley

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