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Sancerre

Claude Riffault

Sancerre Bottle
Appellation
Sancerre
Variety
Sauvignon Blanc
Age of Vines
5-52
Farming
Certified organic and biodynamic (ECOCERT & BIODYVIN)
Soil
Terres Blanches, Caillottes, Silex
Altitude
230-300 meters
Fermentation
Hand harvested, natural yeast fermentation in stainless steel tanks
Aging
6 months in concrete tanks

Overview

In 2018 Stéphane Riffault made the decision to release a village level Sancerre after several vintages where he felt Desmalets was too ripe and flamboyant due to its southern exposure. With additional planting that he has undertaken over the last decade in his other parcels, it made sense to use that young vine fruit and blend it with Desmalets to make a better wine than all its individual parts. An rough estimation of the terroir breakdown of this Sancerre – 60% Terres Blanches, 30% Caillottes & 10% Silex also happens to be a fairly accurate proportion of all the Sauvignon Blanc terroirs that Stéphane farms.

Loire, France
  • Location
    Loire, France
  • Appellation
    Sancerre
  • Proprietor
    Claude Riffault
  • Winemaker
    Stéphane Riffault
  • Size / Elevation
    13.5 hectares / 230-300 meters
  • Portfolio
    Jon-David Headrick Selections

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