The Wine: L'Opéra des Vins Concerto di Venezia 2021
L'Opéra des Vins Concerto di Venezia 2021 is a red natural wine made from 90% Cabernet Franc, 10% Pineau d'Aunis grown by Philip Tessier, which we also carry on Primal. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeast, unfined, unfiltered, no added sulfites. Only six bottles available.
The Producer: Jean-Pierre Robinot
Jean-Pierre developed a passion for wine at 22 after tasting Cheval Blanc 1964. Influenced by Jules Chauvet and Marcel Lapierre in the late 1980s, he had a wine revelation. He opened L'Ange Vin, one of Paris' first natural wine bars. In his early 30s, he co-founded “Le Rouge et Blanc” magazine with Michel Bettane, now a renowned publication on natural French wine growers.
After 12 years in the bar and magazine industry, Jean-Pierre started his own winery in 2001 in Chahaignes, his hometown in the Loire. He acquired land and planted Pineau d'Aunis, Chenin Blanc, and Gamay vines. The labels, often his or his daughter's art. Jean-Pierre makes wine under two labels: L'Ange Vin from his vineyards and L'Opéra des Vins from purchased grapes.
The Region: Loire Valley
The Loire Valley is a vast region located in western France. It stretches from the hills of Auvergne all the way to the Atlantic coast, cut in half by the Loire River. With over 4 million hectoliters of wine per year, the Loire Valley is one of France’s biggest and most diverse wine producing regions. The Lore Valley’s production ranges from every-day quaffable and unpretentious wine to some of the country’s finest whites and reds.
The Terroir of the Loire Valley
Upper Loire sub-region: continental climate, soils are mostly flint and limestone formations. This is the land of Sauvignon Blanc, with Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé being the most famous appellations (AOC).
Touraine sub-region: continental climate, soils can be clay with flint or limestone, and chalk. Chenin Blanc is the main grape varietal for white wines, with Sauvignon Blanc coming in second. Red wines are made mostly from Cabernet Franc.
Anjou sub-region: maritime to continental climate, crumbly and soft soil formation called tuffeau. Anjou is well-known for its Chenin Blanc wines, mostly dry although there are good examples of sweet Chenin Blanc in Coteaux du Layon.
Saumur sub-region: continental to maritime climate, soils are made of tuffeau limestone in this similar to Anjou sub-region. Chenin Blanc is vinified as a sparkling wine with the champenoise method, Cabernet Franc is made into light and peppery wines.
Pays Nantais sub-region: maritime climate, the region stretches to the Atlantic Ocean. Soils are rocky with granite formations. Muscadet is the main grape varietal of this area, known for wines that are mineral, crisp, and refreshing.
The White Wines of Loire Valley
White wines represent the biggest share with about 65% of the total production. Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne, and Chenin Blanc, Melon de Bourgogne are the most popular grape varietals in the region.
The Red Wines of Loire Valley
Loire Valley reds are very distinct in terms of their style. Light and lean, lively and fruity, easy-drinking and food-friendly, they are some of the best everyday wines on the market. Some of the best examples of this style are made from Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir, and Malbec.