François Saint-Lô Pet Rosé 2019

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Saumur, Loire, France
Gamay & Grolleau
Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, no additional sulphites
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So the rumour goes, this delicious, juicy pét-nat never makes it out of the Saint-Lô cellars because François & co generally tend to drink it all themselves during the thirsty work of harvest time - it's easy to see why. This year we have managed to extract a few cases!! This is a blend of two thirds Gamay & one third Grolleau, from the parcels that go into Hey Gro! & Hey Gamin! It was left on the lees in bottle for just over a year before disgorgement by hand. Brilliantly bright fruit, a little residual sweetness equals a very delicious dark sparkling rosé.

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.