Sebastien Riffault - 2016 AOC Sancerre 'Sauletas'
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 2016 AOC Sancerre 'Sauletas' is a deep, dark yellow, dry Sauvignon Blanc, harvested on a very small plot of only 1 hectare! As with most of Riffault's wines, it's like a perfectly composed Cézanne still life – expressing florals, fresh fruits (especially apricot) and baked or bruised apples. Long, mineral strokes pull the picture together, with soft pinches of salt. With air, this work of art morphs into fascinating new compositions. It's Sauvignon Blanc from 50 year-old vines arvested on a very small plot of only 1 hectare! The grapes were 50% affected by botryits, wild fermented and aged for 2 years in tank, then another 12 months in old wood. Zero added sulphur, unfined and unfiltered. THIS IS NOT YOUR CLASSIC SANCERRE. Avoid it if you like safe. Otherwise, prepare to embark on a journey.
Variety Sauvignon Blanc || Region Sancerre, France || ABV 13% || Vol 750ml