La Folle Berthe
“After 15 years of a boring career in communication, chained to a computer all day, the call of the great outdoors has saved us (my wife, my children and me) from office life and Parisian life,” says winemaker David Foubert. The taste of the wine and the need for fresh air became the obvious choice for this young family, especially after meeting other young winemakers in the area and seeing the lifestyle they lived.
They packed their bags and moved to Saumur, where David studied winemaking. He then did work experience with several vignerons (Sébastien David, Patrick Corbineau, Sébastien Bobinet, Laurent Herlin and Bruno Duchêne). The dream finally came to fruition when he was able to take over some plots leased at La Tour Grise, when the owner, Philippe Gourdon decided to retire. Based in Le Puy-Notre-Dame, these plots have been farmed biodynamically for 20 years (certified for over 10). The clay, silex and limestone soils are healthy and alive. And to top it off, David managed to find a cellar that had been unused for 40 years, perfectly proportioned for his 6 hectares. 2014 was his first vintage, and the wines get better every year!