Jean-Pierre Robinot (l’Opera des Vins) Opéra Rouge 2021
One of the advantages of Cabernet Franc is that it ripens faster than Cabernet Sauvignon and therefore doesn’t exhibit those green pepper flavours that are so common in Cabernet Sauvignon grown in cold climates – and the Loire can be very cold in winter and even spring.
Like most of the Robinot wines the juice was transferred to fibreglass following natural fermentation to mature and was then bottled. It’s quite a shock to see such dark, juicy, peppery red wine coming from a Robinot bottle having been drinking their Pineau d’Aunis red wines for so long! However, the result is a delicious red wine that displays all the character of Cabernet Franc with that special touch that only the Robinot family can provide.'
- Living Wines