Laurent Saillard spent his formative years as a chef in New York. Born and raised in France, he decided to move back to his home country and settle in the Loire Valley village of Pouillé. Cutting his teeth at Clos Roche Blanche and Noëlla Morantin, he was able to purchase the former when the owner retired in 2015. Having never looked back, Laurent farms his 6 hectares of vines according to biodynamic principles and uses minimal intervention in the cellar.
“Dark and dusky hued, cloudy with authenticity by intent. It’s 80/20 cabernet franc/cabernet sauvignon, with dusty violets, black raspberry, black currant and swaths of balsamic, wrapping around a light 11 degrees body. Tannins are fine and sticky, to a stuck finish. Give this a chill and pour alongside bistro fare. Edgy, natural Loire.” – Anthony Gismondi on Wine