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La Lunotte

Touraine, Loire, France

For anyone who (like me) romanticises antiquity, there’s magic in the home and cellar of Christophe Foucher. It’s hard to imagine that wine can be made in newly-built, sterile cellars after crawling through the hatch-door to Christophe’s chai, nestled within a building built in the early 1900s of nearly 40cm thick blocks of exposed local sandstone (known as tuffeau in the region). The walls that enclose the cellar seem as important as the fermentation vessels themselves, both playing an important role in the life cycle and development of the liquid inside.

Eloquent when speaking about his wines but reserved when asked anything outside of the realm of winemaking, Christophe seems an intense person, highly focused, and deeply contemplative. While visiting one of his parcels of sauvignon blanc (that eventually goes into the Rossignoux cuvees), Christophe tells us that he never accepts help during pruning, instead opting to prune each vine individually himself. He likens his vines to sculptures; each an individual work of art, requiring a deep understanding of the energy flow, balance, and harmony intrinsic to each plant. That patience and quiet dedication is mimicked in the cellar: he holds his wines back so long as he feels they’re still developing, and works without fining, filtration, or additions of any kind. Stepping through the vines, the clay-dominant soil nearly bounces underfoot (a sign of wonderful aeration and soil health), and chunks of silex glimmer in the diffused sunlight throughout the vines. 

The wines of Christophe Foucher meet at a remarkable intersection, one that encapsulates tradition, terroir, generosity, and individuality. While Christophe remains an enigmatic vigneron, there’s a sense of him, his heart, and his passion in every bottle we’ve gotten our hands on yet.

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