François Saint-Lo is a rising star whose first vintage was 2012, a difficult vintage with a lot of rainfall, but from which he made some fantastic wine. A few of you have already had the opportunity to buy his wines in our shop. Now he has begun to have a big following in Paris, Tokyo, and other cities and locales obsessed with fine natural wine.
François was born in Normandy. Although his family were not involved with winemaking, he became passionately interested in working the vines and making wine. He apprenticed with Olivier Cousin, among others, and then managed to acquire, thanks to a few lucky meetings, and help from friends and family, a magical place in the Anjou region of the Loire Valley. It has troglodyte caves, a cellar that he had to renovate, an 18th century wine press that hadn’t been used in 25 years, and a few hectares of vines.
François’ wines achieve an elegant balance and a taste of place. They give us a feeling of déjà vu — his wines remind us why we fell in love with the Loire in the first place.