François Saint-Lô

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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 curve press that was there when he took over the place.

  • Wayward Wines | François Saint-Lô Frisante 2017 natural wine

    François Saint-Lô Frisante 2017

    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...

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  • Wayward Wines | François Saint-Lô Les Fontennelles 2016 natural wine

    François Saint-Lô Les Fontennelles 2016

    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...

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  • Wayward Wines | François Saint-Lô Bois Guyon 2015 natural wine

    François Saint-Lô Bois Guyon 2015

    We got very excited when we first tried this wine; in our opinion the finest he's produced! It's no doubt down to it coming from some of his oldest vines, in this case 80 year-old Cabernet Franc - but the process is probably his most refined. The grapes...

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  • François Saint-Lo Hey Gro! 2017 | Wayward Wines

    François Saint-Lo Hey Gro! 2018

    Light-footed and herbal Grolleau with all those nice earthy, game-y notes in perfect balance.  The fruit has a toothsome, sappy quality that make this wine just so easy to drink, with some nice clove and cinnamon spice dusting up the edges...

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