A real curiosity of a wine from Saint-Lô, and a brand new cuvée too. Light on its feet, supple and juicy. Something tea-like to the tannic structure, with stew-y forest fruits and vibrant aromas. A wine of intrigue! Find out more.
A fine example of Cabernet Franc and one of our favourite Saint-Lô cuvées, ever since the memorable 2015 that still sticks in our minds.
The vinification is probably his most refined; the grapes, from vines close to 90 years old, macerate half whole-bunch and half de-stemmed, then are pressed off to 400-litre barrels where the wine is left to develop over three full years, before resting in bottle for a year and a half before release. Patience is rewarded in a deep, silky wine of extraordinary fine-grained texture and finesse. Beautifully fragrant with charred capsicum, black cherry and something reminiscent of freshly ground coffee. Another noteworthy vintage that comes highly recommended.
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.