Sebastien Riffault 2016 Sancerre, Akmenine, AOC

Sebastien Riffault 2016 Sancerre, Akmenine, AOC

Item Number: 13921

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub Region: Centre-Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.1
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Clay and limestone Portlandien

Average Vine Age: 30 years

Vineyard Information: An array of plants, flowers, and grass are planted in Sebastien Riffault's vineyards to increase biodiversity and encourage good insects. He uses horses to plow, so the soil is carefully tilled and in the right places, which increases the amount and variety of life in the soil. Absolutely no fertilizers or chemicals are used, and his wines are certified organic by l’intégralité du Domaine en Culture Biologique, certifiée par Bureau Veritas Certification. He is a member of The Association of Vins Naturels and The Renaissance Group of Appellations.

Winemaking Notes: Riffault takes a natural approach with all of his wines. He leaves his grapes on the vine much later than other growers in the area, in order to get them completely ripe. The Akmenime is hand harvested in mid-October. The wine is fermented in large, 10 to 15-year-old barrels with wild yeast. In spite of the crisp, intense acidity, the wine undergoes complete malolactic fermentation. It is aged on its lees and is never chaptalized or acidified. The Akmenime is not filtered or fined and no SO2 is added. The wine is bottled by gravity.