Laurent Saillard co-founded ICI, one of the first Brooklyn restaurants to focus on natural wines, and was part of the wave of restaurants that opened about a decade ago that were referred to as New Brooklyn Cuisine. We used to love going to ICI and spending time with him. He was always eager to share new and interesting wines.
Laurent left Brooklyn a few years ago and moved to the Loire to learn how to make the natural wines he’d enjoyed drinking and selling. He began by working in the vineyards for Clos Roche Blanche and Noella Morantin. His first release under his own name, La Pause, was the 2012 vintage. He continues to work for others during the week and to make his wines on the weekend.
Laurent currently makes two wines: a dry Chenin Blanc called Lucky You! and a super fresh Gamay, La Pause.