Sancerre, Les Chasseignes, Claude Riffault, 2018

£27.50

A parcel selection from a slope which is in the north east of the village of Sury-en-Vaux. Silky with pure acidity throughout, this full-bodied Sancerre brims with lemon and crushed stones. Perfectly refreshing and saline, this is a truly memorable wine.

 

Matthew Jukes, Wine Journalist:

"Winemaker Stéphane Riffault is brother of Benoît Riffault who is the winemaker at Domaine Sauzet in Puligny-Montrachet. This is another wine that has a white Burgundy echo about it in terms of texture and gravitas but, of course, it is made from Sauvignon Blanc. Organically and biodynamically-grown Sauvignon Blanc is early-harvested to focus its acidity and then fermentation is carried out in oak foudres and concrete tanks followed by a long and very gentle élevage. There is immediate grandeur and on the nose and, coupled with the phenomenal tension on the finish, this is a roller-coaster of sheer joy. The palate is tremendous bringing sublime minerality, epic citrus tones and uncommon depth of flavour to the fore. It is setting out on a long life, but I love this calibre of wine now – a strutting peacock of a Sauvignon with so much attitude and confidence it takes your breath away. How good is this wine in the greater constellation of the Loire and the rest-of-the-world Sauvignon Blanc? It is right up there in my opinion and for £27.50 it offers insane value for money."

France
Loire
Vintage
White
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Vintage
2018
Crisp & Clean
Cellaring
2021-2026
Bottle Size
75
cl
13
% ABV
Closure Type
Cork
Sauvignon Blanc

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Claude Riffault

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