Francois Saint Lo Les Pouches
Grapes: Chenin Blanc
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.
Les Pouches is a small parcel of Chenin Blanc situated in an ancient river bed with the vines around 30 years old. A third of the harvest was macerated whole bunch for about 2 weeks, while the rest was directly pressed, with the two blended together a few weeks before bottling. Beautiful texture - amazing fruit, almost tropical but with so much minerality and spicy, nutty complexity.