Francois Saint Lo Hey GG
Grapes: Grolleau Gris
Francois Saint Lo began working in restaurants and wine bars before diving headlong into winemaking, learning with producers like Olivier Cousin & Eric Dubois and eventually buying his own place near Berrie, approximately 25km south of Saumur. His cellar is basically an ancient ruin that has previously been used for wine production and since 2012 has been slowly 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 uses old barrels, fibreglass and a hundred year old curve press that was there when he took over the place.
A first for François, this is 100% Grolleau Gris, given a twenty day maceration. The Grapes are put in whole bunch, then left to macerate themselves, the fermentation starts inside the berry. It's pressed off and then put back into tank. Clocking in at 10% this is at once wonderfully light, but also ripe and aromatic. It's a white, with some juicy red berry characteristics. Delicious!