Sebastien Riffault 2018 Sancerre, Les Quarterons, AOC

Sebastien Riffault 2018 Sancerre, Les Quarterons, AOC

Item Number: 15114

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub Region: Centre-Loire
Appellation/AVA: Sancerre AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2018
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Organic
Soil Type: Portlandian limestone and clay

Vineyard Notes: 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 carefully plow the soil, 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 Les Quarterons Sancerre is manually harvested in mid-October. The wine ferments for three months in stainless steel tank, undergoes complete malolactic fermentaion, and spends 18 months sur lie. A little SO2 is added when bottling along with slight filtration.

About Sebastien Riffault: Sebastien's wines are unique in the Sancerre world, and are a strong reflection and true test of his vineyards and soil. Sancerre Sauvignon Blanc is known for its intense minerality, crisp texture and citrus quality. Riffault’s Sancerre wines veer away from the mainstream, but are none the less delicious, while showcasing his 2 hectares near Sury-en-Vaux. Sebastien Riffault, son of winemaker Etienne Riffault, began his own label in 2002. He stands apart from the rest of Sancerre due to his belief in biodiversity, biodynamic principals, and natural winemaking. These principals are rare to find in Sancerre where many vines and wines are made with chemicals and manipulation.

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (3/18/2021)

    From 20% botrytised grapes picked from caillotes soils in Verdigny et Sancerre and vinified in stainless steel for two years, the 2018 Sancerre Les Quarterons offers a clear bright, intense and not just fruity but also vegetal bouquet with notes of crushed stones, star fruit and white peaches. Mouthfilling and fresh, with still very young phenolics and some grapefruit and lemon notes, this is a full-bodied yet lean wine to be cellared for at least 5-7 years. I strongly recommend not to drink this stunningly vivacious and still biting 2018 too early because everything is still tight, rough, unsettled and unfinished (as the 2011 shows today, a similar warm and sunny vintage that is beautiful 10 years later). It's even tricky to tax this unsulfured and still a bit aggressive Sancerre right now, so take it more as a guess.