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.
- Stéphane 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.