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.
For the first time since 2016, a direct press Chenin Blanc from François, and it's well worth waiting for. 2020 was a generous vintage and he set aside some Chenin to press - slowly as always, in their huge basket press through the night, as slowly as possible. The wine was then put straight into old barrels for over two years.
A remarkable wine with such lovely texture, pure fruit and quite incredible length, it's at once delicate and powerful. You can also find the part of the same wine from the same vintage, that was macerated rather than pressed, here.
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.