Francois Saint Lo Les Pouches Maceration
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. 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. In 2018 François kept the macerated portion of his Chenin separate and bottled it on it’s own, he gave the fruit a twenty day whole bunch maceration before a slow press, then put into barrel for two years. Tons of tropical fruit kept in check with trademark acidity and a wonderful texture. A really special wine, more a full-bodied white than an orange. Drinking well already but will also age wonderfully.