Laurent Saillard Lucky You!
Region: Loire Valley
Grapes: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay
Laurent Saillard is one of our favourite Loire winemakers. He moved to New York when he was younger, helping to open Balthazar and then starting one of the first natural wine bars in New York. He now has a vineyard in the Loire where he crafts natural wines with zero additions that have an immediate appeal but plenty of depth and complexity.
Lucky You! is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. The Sauvignon gives fruit and a zippy edge, the Chardonnay minerality and structure. In an increasingly hot climate the grapes are ripening faster with less acidity, so Laurent looks for a bitterness to give backbone in the wine. A wine of immense drinkability, with wonderful texture and fruit.