Les Athlètes du Vin (or The Athletes of Wine) is a collective label of some of the Loire Valley’s finest organic producers. They all have tiny vineyard holdings all over the Loire so they thought the best thing to do was to collaborate with each other on a single label. Each wine is made by a single vigneron, but with the experience and wisdom of all the others woven in.
This particular wine is made from the vanishingly rare Pineau d’Aunis variety. It’s an indigenous variety of the Loire Valley and even there only grows in tiny quantities, usually made into rose. As a red though, it’s quite a light and spicy wine, but with noticeable tannin on the finish, best enjoyed with food.