Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre Blanc 2018
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Vegan-Friendly
  • Dry
  • Medium Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 13% alc./vol

Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre Blanc 2018

Loire Valley,
Regular price $42.95per bottle ($515.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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Fresh & Mineral

At barely 30 years old, Stéphane Riffault is turning out Sancerre bottlings that are the envy of many producers twice his age.

Sourced from several plots all situated in the lieu-dit of Les Boucauds, this cuvée employs close to 50% of the Sauvignon Blanc planted on the estate. Entirely from terres blanches soils – marls and clays over Kimmeridgian limestone – this wine represents a pure expression of this site as well as the deft winemaking of Stéphane Riffault.

On the nose, the wine reveals aromas of white fleshed fruit and citrus. The palate has real harmony, with elegantly creamed white peach and citrus fruits, cut with minerally energy and fresh acidity, giving it a real sense of style.

It can be enjoyed on its own or with shell-fish or fish dishes.

About the Winery

Claude Riffault

Stéphane Riffault, son of Claude Riffault, has become one of the most sought-after producers in the region. At barely 30 years old, his Sancerre wines have already become the envy of some of the region's most established vintners. 

Stéphane's Sancerre wines come from 33 different parcels in 8 different lieu-dits spread across 4 villages on limestone soils. Having studied and worked in Burgundy, and then trained with some of best – Olivier Leflaive (Burgundy), Château Angélus (Bordeaux), and his very own father, Claude Riffault – it’s easy to see the Burgundian influence and the master of minerality in Stéphane’s wines. 

When his father retired, Stéphane took over the winery and embarked upon a journey of viticultural transformation. Today, all 13.5 hectares are certified organic (ECOCERT, 2016) and biodynamic (BIODYVIN, 2021). The entire harvest is carried out by hand and an extensive sorting takes place before the grapes are crushed –– a testament to his craftsmanship and an unwavering commitment to sustainability. 

Press Reviews

Decanter

95 points

Blind tasted by Jim Budd, Rebecca Gibb MW, Chris Kissack (at Decanter Magazine's June 2020 issue Loire Sauvignon Blanc Panel Tasting, 04 Feb 2020)

Les Boucauds is one of 14 communes within the Sancerre appellation and is rich with Kimmeridgian limestone-clay soil. The Domaine owns a total of 13.5 hectares of vineyards across Sancerre. The certified organic Les Boucauds vineyards are located on hillsides with a vine age of 30-40 years and they began the transition to biodynamic farming in 2018. After hand harvesting, 80% of the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain the fresh fruit characteristics and 20% is fermented in barrel; each parcel is then aged separately for 7-8 months before being blended and bottled in early summer.

JB: Light gold, touch of honey, gooseberry and pineapple notes, vibrant and long finish.

RG: Scents of pure apple fruit, florals. Good transparency of place yet with richness and depth of lees coming from winemaking. Lovely phenolic texture.

CK: Light peach and citrus notes. The palate has real harmony, with elegantly creamed white peach and citrus fruits, cut with minerally energy and fresh acidity, giving it a real sense of panache and style.

Drinking Window 2020 - 2028

Wine Align

94 pointss - David Lawrason

What a lovely, complex and riveting sauvignon blanc!. The nose has all kinds of ripe green apple, gooseberry jam, fresh herbs (dill, basil), grapefruit and wet stone - all nicely packed. It is medium-full bodied, warm, swimming in fruit and fennel yet nicely dry. It oozes class and structure. The length is excellent to outstanding. Tasted March 2020.

93 points - John Szabo

A pale-medium straw colour leads into intense, lightly appley-oxidative aromatics in a complex and engaging expression, displaying evolution but not excessively mature. The palate is particularly explosive, salty-saline, stony-mineral, utterly beguiling. Length, depth and concentration are superb. This is top notch wine; considering the development, I'd suggest drinking over the short term, or holding into the mid-20s but not much longer - I'd rather capture it with some fruit remaining and the complexity is already outstanding. Tasted March 2019.

92 points - Michael Godel

At the top end of Sancerre richesse is this Les Boucauds from Riffault and yes it more than properly amps the sauvignon blanc game up a notch or three. That said you can get great Sancerre in the $30-35 range but if you can afford this cost you should not miss this wine. Everything is in balance with nary a frightening moment of pungency of notes overdone. Watch this develop a honeyed note as only so few can. Drink 2020-2025. Tasted March 2020.