Domaine Claude Riffault Les Chasseignes Sancerre 2019
  • White Wine
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Biodynamic, Organic
  • Dry
  • Medium Bodied
  • 750ml
  • 12.5% alc./vol

Domaine Claude Riffault Les Chasseignes Sancerre 2019

Loire Valley, France
Regular price $48.95per bottle ($587.40per case)
12 bottles per case
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Mineral & Crisp

At barely 30 years old, Stéphane Riffault is turning out Sancerre bottlings that are the envy of many producers twice his age. Les Chasseignes comes from vines just north of the village of Sury-en-Vaux, and is named for the shallow limestone soils that give the wine its tension and intense minerality.

This is textbook Sancerre - racy and bright but with a power and persistence that can surprise given its subtle character. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and barrels, it has inviting aromas of lemongrass accompanied by wet stone and wild yeast. The bright core of lychee and sweet yellow bell pepper is wrapped in flinty minerals. Refreshing, well structured and appealingly balanced!

Perfect with white meats and grilled fish.

About the Winery

Claude Riffault

At 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.

Based in the village of Sury-en-Vaux, the Stéphane Riffault works 33 different parcels in 8 different lieu-dits spread across 4 villages. The 13.5 hectares of vines are certified organic and biodynamic. Unlike most Sancerre producers, the entire harvest is carried out by hand and an extensive sorting takes place before the grapes are crushed.

Most of the domaine’s holdings are planted on the soft limestone soil called terres blanches with some parcels on calliottes and silex. With Riffault 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 to shoulder with the wood is rarely duplicated in Sancerre.