2018 Domaine Riffault Sancerre Rouge

  • 94 Point Vintage, Wine Advocate
  • Old Vine Pinot Noir from Loire
  • Pinot Noir for the Pinotphile
  • Tiny Production, High Quality
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About the Wine

Domaine Riffault is a third-generation producer, with father Pierre handing things over to his son Bertrand in 2005. Bertrand brings a bit of a unique (and more urban) background to what is overall a fairly provincial scene in Chaudoux. He returned home to the winery after earning a Master’s degree in Sociology and is just as interested in music and cooking as he is in winegrowing. If you make it to the property ask about their unbelievable collection of old clay “crotin de chavignol” molds. The family owns 20 vineyard plots in total (almost exclusively on very steep slopes), and all soils are either flint or two types of calcareous clay known locally as “caillottes” and “Terres blanches.” In terms of size, we are talking 9.5 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc and 1.5 hectares of Pinot Noir.

Fermented in stainless tanks, the wine is lean with an engaging acidity and it's a joy to drink.

Tasting NotesAlluring and appealing, there are herbal and camphor fruits on the nose. A bit of swirling and a minty freshness with a soft touch of vanilla reveals itself. This is Pinot Noir for the Pinotphile. The supple palate, with a nice length, offers a finely gripping finish ending with an incredible mouthfeel.

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