Montlouis-sur-Loire, Loire Valley, France
"Wine is made to be shared." - Bertrand Jousset
Both from the Loire Valley, Lise and Bertrand have been hailed as one of the rising stars in the Loire Valley and the natural wine world. Lise started working in restaurants, becoming then a sommelier. While Bertrand spent time in the military and then enrolled in a viticulture program. Since 2003, they set in Montlouis and committed to biodynamic viticulture. They farm 11 hectares, working with 100 yo vines of Chenin Blanc in Montlouis, Gamay, Grolleau and Chardonnay on parcels in Touraine. Thanks to them, more young vignerons kept coming to Montlouis (on the left bank of the Loire River opposite Vouvray) - creating a noticeable shift and bringing this appellation into its own, previously considered not much more than Vouvray’s sidekick.