Tuesday, April 11, 2023

Claude Riffault Sancerre

2021 Claude Riffault Sancerre Les Boucauds...$34.99
Certified organic and biodynamic
The 2021 Sancerre Les Boucauds is an assemblage of several parcels of the eponymous lieu-dit that has clay-based marl at the bottom of the slope and becomes richer in Kimmeridgian fossils and limestone as the slope rises in altitude. Aged in barrels for 10 months, this is another very attractive Sancerre of the vintage that opens with more discreet, refined and coolish tropical fruit on the elegant, pure and balanced, finely mineral/iodine-like nose. On the palate, this is a pure and tensioned, very mineral and energetic yet harmonious and textured Sancerre with concentration, fine tannins and playful and vivacious yet ripe and fine acidity. Lime and grapefruit juice, kiwi and gooseberry as well as passion fruit seed aromas populate the finish and aftertaste of this very elegant Riffault classic that was produced according to the biodynamic rules of the (French) Biodyvin group. 13% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in March 2023
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2021 Claude Riffault Sancerre Les Denisottes...$44.99
The 2021 Sancerre Les Denisottes is based on old vines rooting in deep Kimmeridgian terres blanches soils only 100 meters from the domaine. The widely branched root system has emancipated this Riffault "chateau wine" from vintage caprices. The nose is clear, intense and pure in its iodine and mineral-oyster expression that integrates discreet fruit hints of limes, lemons and cassis. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense and rich but also refined and elegant Sancerre with a long, tensile and structured finish. This is a purely mineral Sancerre with stimulating salts and generous but neither prominent nor dominant fruit. The Denisottes is a safe bet here, and it's always exciting in its high-energy performance paired with purity and finesse. Highly recommended. Biodynamic. 13% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in March 2023.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

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