The Sancerre We’ve Been Waiting for ALL Summer! 93 Points, Under $27 – Only 10 Cases

The Sancerre we waited all Summer for!

 

Although the weather this morning doesn’t immediately bring “Sauvignon Blanc” to mind, this is truly the Sancerre we’ve been waiting for! Impress family and friends for Thanksgiving or drink it in the Spring!  Just don’t miss it because there are only 10 cases!

About Claude Riffault:

We’ve featured the Claude Riffault wines in the past during a special tasting with Loire Valley wine importer, Jon-David Headrick.  Intensity and length of these wines are superb, and the attention to detail is incredible!

A tiny estate of only 30 acres, they plant sauvignon blanc and pinot noir.  Everything is farmed organically with the goal of preserving flora and activating the life of the soil.

The picture to the left is is a subtle reminder how much goes into sorting every cluster of grapes to make sure the wine tastes clean and pure, and perfect in the bottle.

Human hands do all the work!

The Les Boucauds vineyard is known locally as Terra Blanches (white earth – pictured to the right) and allows the vines to extend very deep into the soil.

Tasting Notes:

I’m deferring to the Wine Advocate review of this wine (located further below) because Stephen Reinhardt has done such a fantastic job of sharing the story of the tasting experience.  I wish more wine critics put this much effort into their reviews. The only thing I’ll add is that this wine spends some time in barrel which gives it a fuller texture and brings everything into balance.

2013 Claude Riffault Sancerre

Les Boucauds

100% Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre: 

Loire Valley, France

93 Points

1-5 Bottles – $29.99!

6+ Bottles – $26.99

10 Cases Arriving Today!

93 Points – Wine Advocate – Stephen Reinhardt Reviewer

The 2013 Sancerre Les Boucauds is Stéphane’s most fruit-intense and accessible Sancerre. Sourced from 30- to 40-year-old vines from limestone soils on hillsides, and fermented completely in stainless steel to maintain the fruit and freshness, the 2013 reveals – on a chalky palate – fully ripe and precise aromas of rather yellow-fleshed than green fruits with just a dash of citrus. i.e. plums, quince, physalis, passion fruit and further tropical fruits as well as elderflower. Although it initially seems to be fruity and round on the palate this straight, pure and elegant, almost Riesling-like wine discloses its calcareous soul very soon and the persistent aftertaste is marked by both, a lingering salinity and an animating fruit and fine chiseled acidity. This is an outstanding Sancerre (although I am not sure I’d discover it as such in a blind tasting) and the best start into the very distinctive Sancerre world of Stéphane Riffault.



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