François Grinand once taught piano at a prestigious conservatory, but gave it up in 1993 to make wine in his hometown of Villebois in Bugey, France.
François’ La Vigne du Perron is located in a nondescript garage just off Villebois’ town square. He farms a tiny two hectares of vineyards, with Pinot Noir, Gamay, Mondeuse, Altesse and Chardonnay tended to without any use of chemicals. 100% Gamay. Vinification is done in whole bunches in fibreglass and élevage happens in old barrels without any additions. It is very complex and has a beautiful texture with bright acidity and unmistakable minerality. Serious wine. Foillard-esque.