We've found some of François' pet nat when we've visited France, but this is the first time we've been able to get hold of any that has made it over to the UK. Rumour has it that most of them get drunk during the days when they disgorge the bottles by hand. This is 100% Chenin, with a tiny trace of sugar remaining making the fruit succulent and ripe. Extremely limited quantities!
In troglodyte caves deep in Berrie, near Saumur François Saint-Lô runs the Rue Des Belles Caves. Working in restaurants & wine bars he then dived headlong into winemaking, learning with producers like Olivier Cousin & Eric Dubois... Eventually he bought his own place near Berrie, approximately 25km south of Saumur, it was basically an ancient ruin, but has previously been used for wine production and since 2012 is being restored with the help of friends. Like his mentors François prefers to work with horses in the vineyards and all other work is done by hand. In the cellar he & the team use old barrels, fibreglass and a hundred year-old press that was there when he took over the place.