Daily Wine 7/1/2017

Claude Riffault Sancerre 15
Elegant fruit aromas of green apple and citrus, with limestone minerality and faint herbaceous tones.

Daily Wine 7/1/17:

Claude Riffault – Les Chasseignes – Sancerre – 2015

  • Les Chasseignes are common-place in the Sancerre appellation and refers to the Caillottes soil that the vineyards are planted on. This vineyards in north-east of the village of Sury-en-Vaux at 270 meters in elevation.
  • The Cailllottes soils are composed of shallow limestone and subsoil containing overlapping stones.
  • Vines face south-east and receive optimal sun exposure and wind to prevent pests.
  • Fermentation and ageing takes place in 50% stainless steel vats and 50% barrels for a maximum of eight months.
  • St├ęphane Riffault leads the production and the winery is named after his mother. He farms 10.5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 3 hectares of Pinot Noir.
  • The goal of the estate is to take six different soils of Sancerre and produce different bottlings for each to showcase the terroirs through organic viticulture.
  • Sancerre AOP is in the Central Vineyards wine region of the Loire Valley in France.
  • Pair this with goat cheese, salads, and grilled fish.
Sancerre, France
An example of how close these wine regions are together. Chablis, Sancerre, and Champagne share similar soils.

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