Bergerac, Loire & Languedoc
‘Les Equilibristes’ means tightrope walkers, and it’s that gravity-defying sense of balance that Florent and Francois aim to achieve. Francois de Monval is a merchant and restaurateur in Paris, Florent Girou is a winegrower and consulting oenologist in the Dordogne. Together they work with creative, independent growers to do something outside of their comfort zone, by creating new blends or focusing on neglected varietals. It’s a collaborative process, from choosing the site to final bottling.
These are their ground rules:
Minimal intervention in the cellar
Minimal use of sulfur
Complete synergy with the winegrower