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Saint-Lô Pet Rosé 2018 VSIG Rosé Mousseux - Rosé
Les Pouches 2017 VSIG Blanc - Blanc
Les Pouches Macération 2018 VSIG Blanc - Blanc
Les Palennes 2018 VSIG Rouge - Rouge
Le Bois Guyon 2017 VSIG Rouge - Rouge
Le Bois Guyon 2014 - 1.5L VSIG Rouge - Rouge
Producer Profile by curator Siôn Iorwerth
We visited François Saint-Lô at the Rue Des Belles Caves at the beginning of 2020. François and his like-minded affiliates have slowly roused the sleeping village of Berrie, situated in the southern part of
the Loire Valley, just south of Saumur. What they’ve managed to create can only be described as a utopian co-operative, consisting of winemakers, artists, carpenters and the like. We were invited to
join them for dinner that evening, since they were cooking a whole lamb in a pit and everyone was sharing the wine they had made around an open fire. A lasting memory was the group of Czech winemakers dancing around the pit wielding a leg of lamb. This was our final trip to Europe before the world went into lockdown.
On arriving at the large wooden doors leading into the massive Sagrada Familia-esque cave dug deep into the limestone rockface, we were handed a glass of fizzy pink pet nat to begin proceedings. We’re
very pleased to have a good allocation of François’s petillant naturel - a wine that rarely makes it out of the village. It’s a blend of Gamay and Grolleau, left on lees for over a year before disgorgement.
With our thirsts quenched and jackets zipped up we descended into the caves. A long afternoon of tasting ensued, alongside Joel of Wright’s Wines - François’s UK importer. We tasted through barrels of ethereal expressions of Cabernet Franc and textured Chenins from various
vintages that had benefited from a long and undisturbed élevage, deep in the cool limestone caves. There is a sense of peace in the caves. The wines are given time to find themselves and are not rushed to market. In our inaugural shipment of wines, we have bottlings from the 2014 vintage up until the current releases from 2018. Given time, these wines have become complete.
Much like his mentor, Olivier Cousin, François works the vineyards with a horse and plough and everything is done by hand. The vines are currently rented and quite a drive away, but François farms them all himself. There are plans afoot to plant vines closer to the winery, so hopefully there is a long future ahead for François and the village of Berrie, as they gradually restore the once vacant houses along the Rue des Belles Caves.
We have imported 5 cuvées as well as a limited number of the 2014 Le Bois Guyon in magnum, with a second shipment of new wines scheduled for later in the fall.
All labels are illustrated by Justine Saint-Lô.
We’re very excited to be bringing these wines to British Columbia.
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