The Sancerre “Silex” François Le Saint comes from 25-year-old vines. The grapes are de-stemmed and taken to the pneumatic press on a conveyor belt in order to avoid damaging the fruit. Work in the winery respects the lunar calendar. The wine is naturally vinified using indigenous yeasts.
Founded in 1749, Francois Le Saint is now in their 10th generation of the domaine being family owned. Through the years, François Le Saint’s unwavering priority is having ultimate respect for their terroir and their ancestral heritage. Through the generations, you can see that the estates foundations have strengthened, while continuing to change and evolve alongside the latest developments in viticulture and vinification. Just under 20 years ago, François Le Saint became Biodynamic Certified and the most recent generation have gained their Organic Certification. 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. Yet, these wines demonstrate unparalleled poise, elegance, and intercity.