Isabelle Legeron’s Top 5 Natural Wine Growers in London
Isabelle Legeron MW, award-winning wine taster and founder of the international series of RAW WINE fairs, shares her top five spots to taste natural, organic, biodynamic and low-intervention wine in London – and where to find them this Raw Wine Week.
Vionnet + Viret at Antidote
Isabelle says, ‘First on my list is Vionnet + Viret – both are great advocates of organic and biodynamic agriculture and winemaking and create wines with gorgeous flavour and balance.
At Antidote owners Guillaume and Chris have created a relaxing and open environment. Split over two floors, it’s perfectly designed to sit and chat over a glass of wine. It has an air about it that makes it the perfect setting for Vionnet + Viret’s takeover of the bar.’
Antidote, 12A Newburgh Street, W1F 7RR
Le Coste at Brawn
Isabelle says, ‘Gian Marco Antonuzzi of Le Coste is one of Italy’s greatest producers of biodynamic wines. Gian Marco works with his wife, Clémentine, and their approach to creating biodynamic wines goes above and beyond. Thanks to this, and their patience with the process, they make a huge number of wines including some of the purest I’ve ever tried.
Brawn is the perfect location for Le Coste to host their evening. Their menu focuses on seasonality of produce, with lots of European style dishes that match perfectly with their Italian wines – a definite must visit!’
Brawn, 49 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Meli Ligas at Elliot’s Café
Isabelle says, ‘Ktima Ligas wines are made using only indigenous Greek grape varieties that have been long forgotten over time and harvested using traditional farming and biodynamic principles, which, combined with the rare grape varieties, give them distinctive flavours that are utterly delicious.
The menu at Elliot’s Café is inspired by its Borough Market surroundings and has a mindful approach to cooking aiming to get as much from the ingredient’s natural flavours as possible – a similar principle to Meli’s biodynamic wines, which she’ll be offering by the glass to those that join her for a drink.’
Elliot’s Café, 12 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD
Henri Milan Dinner at the Culpeper
Isabelle says, ‘Henri Milan is a real trailblazer, creating rebellious wines that have an extremely powerful connection to the natural environment they come from in the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
The Culpeper is an exciting venue to host this very special four-course dinner, right in the heart of Spitalfields and famous for its rooftop greenhouse where they grow produce for the restaurant. All of the wines for each course have been hand-selected by Henri himself and during the communal style dinner he will be on hand to talk through his selection. A great chance to meet a winemaker who is a huge advocate for biodynamic wine production.’
The Culpeper, 40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP
Côme Isambert at P. Franco
Isabelle says, ‘Loire Valley winemaker Côme Isambert makes wines that are vibrant and diverse, and are a great example of the different flavours you can find in the Loire Valley.
Côme will be serving his own wines as well as those from the famed Clos Cristal (RIP) at P. Franco, the wine bar & restaurant on Lower Clapton Road, which offers beautiful food and a wonderfully relaxing space. Their new resident chef, George Tomlin, will be cooking a menu inspired by the wines and their vibrancy, food & drink pairing at its best.’
P. Franco, 107 Lower Clapton Road, E5 0NP