Sauletas, Sebastien Riffault 2017

Sebastien Riffault


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Riffault’s wines are unique in the Sancerre world, but 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. His Sancerre wines are not like the mainstream ones, but none the less delicious, while showcasing his 12 hectares near Sury-en-Vaux. Sébastien Riffault, son of winemaker Etienne Riffault, began his own label in 2002. The big difference between him and the rest of Sancerre is his belief in biodiversity and biodynamic principals and natural winemaking. These principals are rare to find in Sancerre where many vines and wines are made with chemicals and manipulation.

Riffault leaves his grapes on the vine extremely late in order to get them completely ripe usually affected by botrytis. The wines are fermented in large, old barrels with wild yeast (except Les Quarterons is fermented in stainless steel). In spite of the crisp, intense acidity, all of the wines undergo complete malolactic fermentation. The wines are aged on their lees. They are never chaptalized or acidified. His wines are not filtered or fined. No SO2 is added (except for minimal sulfur added to Les Quarterons at time of bottling). Wines are bottled by gravity.

Producer Sebastien Riffault

Origin Loire, France

Grapes Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol 13% ABV

Style Full body natural white

Bottle size 750ml

Winemaking Manual harvested, 50% of grapes affected by botrytis, fermented and aged in tank for 24 months in tank then for a further 12 months in old oak. Unfiltred, Unfined, No So2 added.

Notes Natural, Organic, Biodynamic