Sebastien Riffault 2017 Sancerre, Les Quarterons, AOC
Item Number: 13422
Sub Region: Centre-Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Clay and limestone Portlandien
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 'Les Quarterons' is hand harvested in mid-October. The wine is fermented for three months in stainless steel tank, undergoes complete malolactic fermentaion, and spends 18 months sur lies in the stainless steel. A little SO2 is added when bottling. Slight filtration.
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.