After a wonderful morning and early afternoon, Adrien Baloche took me over to meet with Quentin Bourse from Le Sot de L'Ange. The roughly translated 'Idiot Angel' couldn't be anything further. Quentin is meticulous, determined, and committed to his vision for wine. His brain remains razor sharp despite moving at a clip that's honestly somewhat difficult to comprehend. The portion of the day that I spent with him was a complete whirlwind from the time we arrived. We started out by tasting through some of his new releases (they'll be here later this week!) and finished with a few too many brown spirits. A quick stop by the vines (certified biodynamic) for a brief stroll and then Quentin dropped me off with Frantz Saumon and Marie Thibault, just down the road. Frantz received us and kindly handed me a much-needed glass of water. We moved out back and into the cave where a handful of broken wine glasses littered the dirt floor.
“We had a few friends over last night.”
We breezed through some of Frantz's exquisite whites, with the ambient soundtrack of Marie’s wines fermenting in the background. She returned and took us out to her vineyards, with the wind ripping between the vines and the sun setting beautifully in the background. Our return to Chez Frantz and Marie was greeted with a beautiful, simple dinner. Fish stew, a salad, baguette, and of course delicious wine. That paired with the company of a loving family made for a day that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon.
- Eric Moorer