Francois was a familiar face in the New York natural wine importing scene until he said goodbye to all that and returned to the vines.
He now calls his grandfather’s house in Mailly le Chateau (eastern Burgundy, south of Auxerre and north of Vezelay) home and has small garage-like vat room that was a stone barn in another life. Here he uses a mix of large wood, plastic and concrete tanks to create his magic.
Francois has been lovingly referred to as the “Willy Wonka of Winemaking” due to his inventive ideas about fermentation and his wines are very much alive and vibrant. Lubie is 100% Gamay from the Languedoc-Roussillon fermentated in concrete and wood barrels.
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