Claude Riffault Les Desmalets 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
The 2015 Sancerre les Desmalets is clear, fresh, precise and coolish in its stony/flinty character on the nose where citrus and white seed fruit flavours are displayed. Very clear, piquant and pure on the palate, with white fruit flavours and dancing minerals, this is a very elegant and Atlantic Sancerre of remarkable finesse, grip and salinity. The finish is long, intense and piquant, very mineral and has a lot of Chablis and even Riesling characteristics. Highly recommended, especially with seafood and fish.
Rating: 93 Points
Source: Wine Advocate (2016)