Wine - François Saint-Lo / Rue Des Belles Caves (Wright's Import)
In troglodyte caves deep in Saumur François Saint-Lô runs the Rue Des Belles Caves. Working in restaurants & wine bars he then dived headlong into winemaking, learning with producers like Olivier Cousin & Eric Dubois.. Eventually he bought his own place near Berrie, approximately 25km south of Saumur, it was basically an ancient ruin, but has previously been used for wine production and since 2012 is being 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 & the team use old barrels, fibreglass and a hundred year old curve press that was there when he took over the place. This gentle, slow press seems to add a delicacy and elegance to the wines, soft, fresh and with finesse.