Sebastien Riffault 2013 Sancerre, Sauletas, AOC

Sebastien Riffault 2013 Sancerre, Sauletas, AOC

Item Number: 10283

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub Region: Centre-Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2013
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Marne Kimmeridgian

Average Vine Age: 30 years

Vintage Notes: 2013 was a relatively cold vintage that produced delicate wines.

Vineyard Information: An array of plants, flowers and grass are planted in Sebastien Riffault's vineyards to increase biodiversity and encourage good insects. He uses horses to plow, so the soil is carefully tilled and in the right places, which increases the amount and variety of life in the soil. Absolutely no fertilizers or chemicals are used, and his wines are certified organic by l’intégralité du Domaine en Culture Biologique, certifiée par Bureau Veritas Certification. He is a member of The Association of Vins Naturels and The Renaissance Group of Appellations.

Winemaking Notes: Riffault takes a natural approach with all of his wines. He leaves his grapes on the vine much later than other growers in the area, in order to get them completely ripe. The Sauletas is hand harvested in mid-October. The wine is fermented in large, 10 to 15 year old barrels with wild yeast. In spite of the crisp, intense acidity, the wine undergoes complete malolactic fermentation. It is aged on its lees and is never chaptalized or acidified. The Sauletas is not filtered or fined, and no SO2 is added. The wine is bottled by gravity.

About Sebastien Riffault: Sebastien's wines are unique in the Sancerre world, and are a strong reflection and true test of his vineyards and soil. Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc is known for its intense minerality, crisp texture and citrus quality. Riffault’s Sancerre wines veer away from the mainstream, but are none the less delicious, while showcasing his 2 hectares near Sury-en-Vaux. Sebastien Riffault, son of winemaker Etienne Riffault, began his own label in 2002. He stands apart from the rest of Sancerre due to his belief in biodiversity, biodynamic principals, and natural winemaking. These principals are rare to find in Sancerre where many vines and wines are made with chemicals and manipulation.