Laurent Saillard, born and raised in France, spent his formative years in New York as a chef. Missing his mother land, he moved back to his roots in France and settled in the tiny and active wine village of Pouillé in the Loire, where he worked with Clos Roche Blanche and Noëlla Morantin. And that is how I met Laurent Saillard. When Catherine and Didier of Clos Roche Blanche retired in 2015, Laurent Saillard was offered to purchase half of the Clos Roche Blanche vineyard. He jumped at the offer.
A deliciously uncommon blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay. The vines grown on pure limestone over clay. Immediacy of Sauvignon tempered by the lasting-power of Chardonnay. This wine sees about six to eight month élevage in neutral vats prior to bottling without filtration.
La Pause, meaning to take a break, is a French mindset. La Pause is to lie down in a field on a summer's day and watch the clouds go by after a back-breaking day's work, or taking a nap on a Sunday afternoon. And no other grape symbolizes the gesture of La Pause better than Gamay. This wine is made from 100% Gamay grown on limestone over clay. Élevage is about eight months in neutral vats prior to bottling without filtration. Best to drink slightly chilled.
This wine is made from 100% Cabernet Franc. Fragrance of summer violets in bloom. Inimitable and unforgettable as the Loire summer blue skies. Vin de Soif. Immensely drinkable. Yet, for all of its simple pleasures, there is an anchor of mineral complexity.
From the old (~70 years) Sauvignon Blanc vines. There are a few rows of these old vines that are grown on limestone. Laurent decided to vinify those few rows of old vines separately because they gave that is singular and compelling.
Rosé Pet Nat made with Cabernet Sauvignon and a touch of Pineau D'Aunis.
Pineau D'Aunis grown on clay over chalk. It is only a shade darker than a rosé, which is typical of Pineau D'Aunis.
It is a blend of Pineau D'Aunis and Pineau D'Aunis Teinturier. Each strain ripens at different times. So, each strain is picked separately and blended after fermentation. Élevage is in neutral vats. It is bottled in the following spring after harvest.
It is an equal blend of Gamay and Grolleau. Élevage is in neutral vats. It is bottled in the following spring after harvest.
It is two different heirloom strains of Grolleau Noir and Grolleau Gris. Élevage is in neutral vats. It is bottled in the following spring after harvest.
Not current vintages. Shown for sample purposes only.