Côme is a winemaker, based in Saumur, who worked alongside Eric Dubois from the infamous Clos Cristal. In 2013 he started his own project on the side, buying certified organic grapes from growers in the area, namely sites in Le Puy-Notre-Dame and Saint-Georges-sur-Layon. He rents a massive cave underneath an old castle to make his wines, which was previously used for growing mushrooms – something Saumur is famous for (they even have a mushroom museum!).
Côme lets the grapes ferment on their natural yeasts in fibreglass tanks, and then the wines age in tank or old barrels, depending on the grape/cuvée. There is no fining or filtration and no additives are used – Côme previously used small amounts of SO2, but stopped in 2016. Everything is bottled by gravity.
More recently, Côme has begun making cider, with organic fruit gathered in Normandy. His pear cider is so good! He has also started blending wine and cider, and has recently started making collaboration ciders with Fruktstereo from Sweden. Watch this space for the cider revolution!