Laurent Saillard
La Pause 2023

  • Region Touraine, Loire, France
  • Grapes Gamay
  • Vineyard Organic & Biodynamic
  • Cellar Fermented with native yeasts, unfiltered & unfined, minimal additional sulphites
  • ABV 13.00%
  • Size 750ml

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About the Wine

Another beautiful cuvée from Laurent’s Roche Blanche estate. La Pause is made from 100% Gamay from 50-year-old vines. 2023 was an excellent growing season for the Roche Blanche estate, with all of Laurent’s wines showing fantastic balance and structure. The grapes underwent a two-week whole bunch maceration before being pressed into 500l barrel and 40hl wood vat for 8 months élevage. La Pause is wonderfully silky, with an abundance of ripe red fruits, a light spice and a real elegant depth. This really shows the more serious side Gamay and we can’t help but compare it to a Cru Beaujolais. A supreme vintage for La Pause. Drinking beautifully now but will only get better with time.

About Laurent Saillard

Laurent spent a lot of time in New York earlier in his life, managing at Balthazar and starting one of the first natural wine bars in New York, Ici. Eventually he decided to try his hand at producing the wines he had fallen in love with and moved to the Loire valley working with other producers like Noella Morantin, making his own wines on the side and eventually purchasing half of the historic and beautiful Clos Roche Blanche vineyard, farmed organically beforehand by Catherine & Didier Barouillet who still live in the house on site. Through this time he has retained a presence in New York through his wines, even doing an exclusive cuvee for ex-Balthazar head chefs Riad Nasr & Lee Hanson's new spot Frenchette. Fortunately he did save some wine for the UK and we have a few different bottles from his 2018 vintage.

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