Domaine Claude Riffault 'Chasseignes' Sancerre 2015
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"From 25- to 50-year-old vines on caillottes soils outside the village of Sury-en-Vaux, the 2015 Sancerre Les Chasseignes displays a very clear, deep, flinty-pure and coolish, but also intense and mineral nose of great precision and individual expression. This Sancerre is full-bodied, very complex and mineral on the palate, with a clear and elegant, very persistent fruit, great grip and lingering salinity. This is a full-bodied and powerful, yet very well-defined and structured ... read more
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Item ID: #23432
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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Wine Advocate 93
"From 25- to 50-year-old vines on caillottes soils outside the village of Sury-en-Vaux, the 2015 Sancerre Les Chasseignes displays a very clear, deep, flinty-pure and coolish, but also intense and mineral nose of great precision and individual expression. This Sancerre is full-bodied, very complex and mineral on the palate, with a clear and elegant, very persistent fruit, great grip and lingering salinity. This is a full-bodied and powerful, yet very well-defined and structured Sancerre with a long and characterful finish. One of the finest Sancerres I had for this Loire report. Excellent aging potential."

Based in the village of Sury-en-Vaux, the domaine works 33 different parcels in 6 different lieu-dits spread across 4 villages. The 13.5 hectares of vines are plowed and no synthetic material is used (the property is in the process of being certified organic). Unlike most Sancerre producers, the entire harvest is carried out by hand and an extensive sorting takes place before the grapes are crushed. Stéphane’s wife, Benedicte, leads the harvest team while Stéphane manages the sorting and press during harvest.

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Domaine  Claude RiffaultAt barely 30 years old, Stéphane Riffault (Claude's son and now owner of the estate) is turning out Sancerre bottlings that are the envy of many producers twice his age. As David Schildknecht put it, "make no mistake: this address in the hamlet of Maison Salle (Sury-en-Vaux) is now one of the five or six most exciting estates in the Sancerre appellation." Given that Stephane's holdings represent 4 tenths of 1 percent of the appellation, this kid is clearly doing something right.

Based in the village of Sury-en-Vaux, the domaine works 33 different parcels in 6 different lieu-dits spread across 4 villages. The 13.5 hectares of vines are plowed and no synthetic material is used (the property is in the process of being certified organic). Unlike most Sancerre producers, the entire harvest is carried out by hand and an extensive sorting takes place before the grapes are crushed. Stéphane's wife, Benedicte, leads the harvest team while Stéphane manages the sorting and press during harvest.

Most of the domaine's holdings are planted on the soft limestone soil called Terres Blanches with some parcels on calliottes and silex. Small, judicious uses of oak help to add length to the already precise and vertical bottling. All of the parcels are vilified separately and with the exception of the rosé, all the wines are bottled unfiltered.

Having studied and worked in Burgundy (and closely with Olivier Leflaive), it's easy to see the Burgundian influence in Stéphane's wines. The mastery of minerality standing shoulder–height with the wood is rarely duplicated in Sancerre. Regardless of the exposition of his parcels (many are south-facing), Riffault's wines are always crisp and high-cut with a jeweled sort of delineation that speaks to the precision and attention these wines get. These are not your daddy's (or his daddy's) Sancerres.

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Reviews (4)

Bryan

Great Sancerre !

"I usually prefer white burgandy and wines of value from St Veran but for a change this delightful Sancerre really does the trick."

Meave

private review

Terry

A new favorite Sancerre

"Brought this for Thanksgiving dinner - was a huge hit!"

Keven

very tasty

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