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.
The Pinot Noir is made by Gérald Vallée in the Touraine sub-region of the Loire. Not a part of the Loire known for Pinot, but then the Athlètes aren’t really interested in following the rules. It’s a very French style of Pinot too, with structure and richness, as well as a savoury edge.