January 17, 2017 Martine's Wines 0Comment

With a family history of winegrowing spanning four generations, Gilles Robin started in the wine business the way many in the Rhône do: his family sold grapes to the local cooperative. Nestled against the hillsides of Hermitage and Sant-Joseph in the appellation of Crozes-Hermitage, the first vineyard was planted in the late 1940s by Gilles’ grandparents, and it is this fruit that makes up his Cuvée Alberic Bouvet, named for his grandfather.

This cuvée is aged in oak barrels, of which 20% are new. The Cuvée Papillon is the product of vines Gilles planted in 1996; it is aged entirely in tank to preserve its fresh and delicate fruit. The estate now totals 15 hectares, including one planted with white varietals and a small parcel of Syrah in Saint-Joseph. His vines are planted in the stony and sandy La Terrace de Chassis district. An understated, meticulous winemaker, Gilles farms his plots organically, believing this is the best way to honestly give voice to the terroir.

Gilles Robin has truly elevated his family estate, producing powerful, elegant, and precise wines — excellent representations of Crozes-Hermitage.

Martine’s Wines is the exclusive U.S. importer for Gilles Robin.

Domaine Gilles Robin | Grands Crus de la Vallée du Rhône | Crozes-Hermitage, Saint-Joseph, Cornas, Côte du Rhône