Vincent Wallard has years under his belt in winemaking, but the majority come from time spent in Argentina: he’s perhaps the only winemaker we have in the shop who has dabbled in the world of South American malbecs. And we must say, we’re happy to see him back in this hemisphere, now producing wines from the Loire Valley in France.
A gentle character who spent what were surely traumatising formative years running Terroirs wine bar in Charing Cross, he dipped overseas to start a project called Cuatro Manos in Argentina, set on changing the landscape of malbec production and hoping to introduce low-intervention winemaking to the scene down there.
Now he’s making wine from a few rented parcels while he establishes his own domaine. In the Loire, he’s producing wine of lovely energy, freshness, gentle wildness and plump, expressive fruit.