Sebastien Riffault - 2017 AOC Sancerre Les Quarterons
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 character.
Sébastien’s 2017 AOC Sancerre 'Les Quarterons' is a the colour of the setting sun; and it tastes like it too. Rich and mineral with a contemplative bouquet – citrus fruits, flowers, flint, apples, asparagus. Fresh, long palate with laser minerality, not-sweet honey, some sort of creaminess and elusive savouriness. Lingering and lovely. Sauvignon Blanc was hand harvested from two parcels totalling 4ha across Verdigny and Sancerre, with clay and limestone soils. 20% of the grapes were affected by botryitis. Direct pressed into stainless steel tank, élevage for 2 years, bottled by gravity. THIS IS NOT YOUR CLASSIC SANCERRE. Avoid it if you like safe. Otherwise, prepare to have your mind/mouth blown.
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc || Region Sancerre, France || ABV 13% || Vol 750ml