Producer Profile

Francois Ducrot

Saint-So is a joint project with François Ducrot, the skilled winemaker known as the "magician of vinification" from Domaine Enclos de La Croix. A few years ago, Ducrot noticed that many talented local organic farmers in Aspiran, a region west of Montpellier, were selling their grapes to co-ops for bulk wine production. Seeing this wasted potential, François decided to purchase these grapes and create a negoce that would highlight the vibrant wines from this lesser-known terroir of Languedoc.

In August 2019, we proposed to Ducrot the idea of vinifying a 100% Cinsault, a rare varietal often used for rosé or blending but one of our favorites for its light and energetic character. Cinsault has thin skins and large berries compared to other varietals like Grenache.

Where The Wines Come From


In the sun-kissed vineyards of Languedoc-Roussillon, the natural wine movement thrives, intertwining tradition with innovation in every sip. Embracing organic and biodynamic practices, winemakers here eschew additives and interventions, allowing the terroir to speak authentically through each bottle. From the rugged foothills of the Pyrenees to the coastal plains along the Mediterranean, diverse microclimates nurture a rich tapestry of grape varietals, including Carignan, Grenache, and Mourvèdre, among others. These wines, marked by their purity and vitality, reflect not only the region's ancient winemaking heritage but also its commitment to sustainability and respect for the land. In Languedoc-Roussillon, natural wine isn't just a trend; it's a way of life, encapsulating the essence of the land and the passion of its people in every pour.