Sebastien Riffault - 2015 AOC Sancerre Skeveldra
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Whilst Sancerre is largely filled with chemical induced vineyards and austere, formulated wines, Sébastien Riffault makes Sancerre like no other. For generations, the Riffault family have been making wine in Sancerre. The family vineyards are biodynamic, and Sébastien forgoes the use of machinery – ploughing with horses, picking and rigorously sorting by hand. Uniquely, he picks late so the grapes are affected by botrytis, however the wines are vinified dry. This, coupled with long élevage and zero additions, births wines of a unique and ethereal nature.
Sébastien’s 2015 AOC Sancerre 'Skeveldra' is like a Cézanne still life, with impressions of exotic fruit, pineapple and passion fruit, thyme and honey. Herbaceous, savoury, acidic, long. With air, this wine shapeshifts into fascinating new compositions; a work of art that continually reveals and conceals itself. It's Sauvignon Blanc from 50 year-old vines in a 1ha parcel in St. Satur. The grapes were 50% affected by botryits, wild fermented and aged for 2 years in tank, then another 12 months in old barrels. Zero added sulphur. THIS IS NOT YOUR CLASSIC SANCERRE. Avoid it if you like safe. Otherwise, prepare to have your mind blown.
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc || Region Sancerre, France || ABV 13% || Vol 750ml