Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Producer: Sébastien Riffault
Region: Sancerre, Loire, France
Wild Scale: 5/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: Organically grown grapes are picked very late in the season when they have over ripened (around 50% have noble rot) before fermentation in old oak barrels with indigenous yeast. Aged for 2 years in barrel before bottling with no filtration, fining or indigenous yeast.
This Wine: Very far from your average Sancerre, this is a very unique orange wine with incredible intensity and complexity. Rich and textured with notes of bitter orange peel, apricot jam, dried herbs, ginger and ripe tropical fruit. Open at least 30 minutes before drinking and don't have it too cold. This is the 2013 vintage which is now tasting incredibly rich and complex. Will only get better!
Notes on the Winemaker: Sébastien Riffault is known for making wines in Sancerre that very much stand out from your classic Sauvignon Blanc expressions. He picks grapes late in the season to capture some botrytis (noble rot) and then works with barrel fermentation, skin contact, deliberate oxidation and extended barrel ageing in order to come with wildly unique wines that are extremely sought after.