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Laurent Saillard

Laurent Saillard La Paire Grolleau/Gamay 2021


no added sulfur

Country: France

Region: Loire

Type: Red Wine

Grape: Gamay/Grolleau

After many years working in food and wine in New York City, notably as co-founder and chef of ICI in Fort Greene, Laurent moved to the Loire Valley to begin a new life among the vines making the wines he had always loved. After working in the vineyard for both Noella Morantin and Clos Roche Blanche, he began experimenting with his own wine in the cellar. After Noella purchased a few hectares of vines elsewhere, she transferred a portion of the parcel she had been renting within the clos to Laurent so he could began vinifying his own wine in earnest.

After a few small vintages, Didier and Catherine of Clos Roche Blanche announced that they would be retiring. And with no children who wanted to take over the domaine, they offered it first to Laurent and another worker who was with them for years, Julien Pineau. They now each own 6 hectares of this historic estate and have continued farming the same way it has always been done. The wines are a fascinating new take on this unique terroir as Laurent comes into his own as one of the great winemakers in the region.

1/3 Gamay, 2/3 Grolleau vinified separately. The cuvee La Paire is blended with Grolleau (destemmed) after fermentation. Fermentation and élevage is in fiberglass. No added sulfur. Bright and fresh with very little tannin. Brambly berry flavors, a touch of body and spice. Best slightly chilled.