François Saint-Lô Les Fontennelles 2016

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REGION:
Saumur, Loire, France
GRAPES:
Chenin Blanc
VINEYARD:
Organic
CELLAR:
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites

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.

A notable one for the collectors; 2016 marking the final vintage of this cuvée. The fruit came from a rented parcel, which François has now given up after being able to take some land closer to his cave. This is deliciously tense, mineral Chenin from soils rich with silex. Last chance on this one.