François de Monval and Florent Girou
Parisian wine merchant and restaurateur François de Monval and winemaker/winery director Florent Girou founded the Les Equilibristes collective in 2015. They chose the French word for “tight-rope walkers” because they sought to make wines that stood on the verge: aerial, elegant, and simultaneously risk-taking yet highly intentional. Their goal was to break down existing barriers in the wine world by crafting new wines via the most open form of collaboration possible between passionate winemakers. They spend a large amount of their time in the field visiting each vine growing partner, inviting them to share perspectives and experiences and maintaining deep exchanges throughout the winemaking process. After bottling in situ, the wines are sent and stored at Florent’s winery in Bergerac (Dordogne).