Claude Riffault Sancerre Les Chasseignes 2019

93+ Points – The Wine Advocate

Lovely notes of citrus, tangerine, fennel, and pure, clean Sauvignon Blanc fruit lead off on the

expressive bouquet of this extraordinary Sancerre. Those elements are echoed on the palate of

this deliciously mineral laden, Loire Valley gem. Fresh, bright, dry and focused, with lovely

acidity and a tightly wound core of fruit that courses through this wine from start to finish. A

perfect summer white all on its own or with all types of shellfish, seafood, salads, sushi and

more. Just a dozen cases or so on offer.

$32.97

Description

Country, Region: France, Loire Valley, Sancerre

Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc

Soils: gravelly limestone soils ("calcaire de caillottes")

Winemaking: ages in both 350-liter barrels and a 20-hectolitre foudre, 14 months

93+ Points – The Wine Advocate “The 2019 Sancerre Les Chasseignes is a picture-book Sancerre from gravelly limestone soils ("calcaire de caillottes") that assembles the fruit from 11 east- and southeast-facing parcels at 275 meters in altitude. Aged on the lees for 14 months in oak, it opens with a clear, bright yet deep, intense and concentrated bouquet of crushed stones, lemon oil and a hint of fresh oak that disappears with air. Silky, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, wide, intense and juicy yet pure and stimulating Sancerre with remarkable finesse and lingering salinity. The long and complex finish reveals concentration, very fine tannins and the mouthwatering taste of crushed limestones. Refreshing lime and lemon notes on the aftertaste. A gorgeous wine with chalky veins and the vibration of great terroir. Tasted in February 2021."

“The 2019 Sancerre Les Chasseignes is a picture-book Sancerre from gravelly limestone soils (“calcaire de caillottes”) that assembles the fruit from 11 east- and southeast-facing parcels at 275 meters in altitude. Aged on the lees for 14 months in oak, it opens with a clear, bright yet deep, intense and concentrated bouquet of crushed stones, lemon oil and a hint of fresh oak that disappears with air. Silky, round and very elegant on the palate, this is a full-bodied, wide, intense and juicy yet pure and stimulating Sancerre with remarkable finesse and lingering salinity. The long and complex finish reveals concentration, very fine tannins and the mouthwatering taste of crushed limestones. Refreshing lime and lemon notes on the aftertaste. A gorgeous wine with chalky veins and the vibration of great terroir. Tasted in February 2021.

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