Claude Riffault Les Chailloux 12pk 2016
Shy smile, wild curls and a strong handshake are the first things you notice when you meet Stéphane Riffault from Domaine Claude Riffault. After studying viticulture and oenology together with his brother Benoît in Beaune, he came back to the Loire and took over his parent's domaine while Benoît settled in Puligny-Montrachet. Since his return to the quiet village of Sury-en-Vaux Stéphane has been putting highest care and attention into his vines to get a better feeling for each and every plot and terroir: "My early years weren't easy, it has taken me years to understand each parcel". Read More
From a very rare flinty ground in Sury-en-Vaux and fermented in neutral 600-litre French oak barrels, the 2015 Sancerre les Chailloux displays and intense and well concentrated, but also deep and pure nose of ripe peaches, mangoes and slightly flinty aromas. Full-bodied, round and aromatic, this is mouthful of wine with power, grip and tension. Dense and juicy but structured by firm phenois and tannins, this is a pretty young, lovely, vital and aromatic Sancerre of excellent quality. The finish is compact and long, but shall reduce a certain dryness with further bottle ageing.
Rating: 91+ Points
Source: Wine Advocate (2016)