Now in their 10th generation of the domaine being family owned, François Le Saint’s priority is having ultimate respect for their terroir and their ancestral heritage. Through the generations you can see that the estates foundations have only become stronger, continuing to change and evolve alongside the latest developments in viticulture and vinification. Just under 20 years ago François Le Saint became certified Biodynamic and the most recent generation have certified the estate Organic. They have 59 hectares of vineyard land of which 80% is dedicated to the local hero varietal, Sauvignon Blanc. A match made in heaven with their flinty clay and Kimmeridgian marl soils.
Traditional techniques are used to farm the land, the majority of which is conducted by hand. Once the Sauvignon Blanc grapes are harvested, they vinify all parcels separately. The wines are all briefly aged on the lees to give them depth and complexity. These wines have the typicity of Loire Valley Sauvignon, in their stony minerality and bright acidity. But what struck us immediately was the poise, elegance and intercity these wines demonstrate.
Astrum weren’t necessarily looking for a producer from the Loire, but when the wines of Francois Le Saint crossed our paths, we knew we couldn't do without them in our portfolio.