Claude Riffault

About Domaine Claude Riffault

Stéphane Riffault is regarded as the single most exciting talent in the entire Sancerre appellation. Barely 30 years old, the son of founder Claude Riffault, Stéphane has made his mark on his terroir and his Domaine in a manner like few others. Consistently releasing wines that are the envy of legendary winemakers more than twice his age, you should be buying cases bearing the name Domaine Claude Riffault.

 

The Winemaker

Stéphane Riffault manages 33 different parcels of vines in eight lieu-dits, spread across four villages in the Loire Valley. Combining to a total of 13.5 hectares, the estate has been certified organic by ECOCERT and fully biodynamic by BIODYVIN since 2017. In their relentless drive for perfection in harmony with the stunning natural surroundings, the entire harvest is completed by hand and Stéphane puts his good wife to work managing the team, whilst he himself focuses on rigorous sorting and gentle pressing.

 

Having both studied and worked in Burgundy (Stéphane spent large periods of time with Olivier Leflaive), there are noticeable Burgundian influences throughout his wines. Not, of course, in terms of attempting to emulate the characteristics of Chablis, but rather the attention to detail in the vineyard and emphasis on single lieu-dit expressions. These wines are Loire through-and-through, elevated to dizzying heights.

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Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Claude Riffault Sancerre Chasseignes 2019 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £300.94
2019

Claude Riffault Sancerre Chasseignes 2019 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93+)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Loire 12x75cl 1 93+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £300.94
Claude Riffault Sancerre Noue Rouge 2018 (12x75cl)
Inc. VAT: £300.94
2018

Claude Riffault Sancerre Noue Rouge 2018 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90+)

From 30- to 58-year-old vines on terres blanches and marl soils, Stéphane Riffault's 2018 Sancerre La Noue was cold-macerated and fermented with whole clusters for a total of four weeks. It offers an aromatic, fruity, elegant and charming bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and redcurrant intertwined with stony notes. Concentrated, round and mellow on he palate, this is an elegant, already accessible and maybe too charming (?) Pinot with ripe black berry and licorice aromas on the aftertaste. It was aged for a total of 16 months in 228- to 600-liter oak casks prior the bottling in February. Tasted right after the bottling in February 2021.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Loire 12x75cl 2 90+ (WA) Read Review/Description Inc. VAT: £300.94
Year Wine Region Format Qty Score Price Wishlist
Claude Riffault Sancerre Chasseignes 2019 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £224.00
2019

Claude Riffault Sancerre Chasseignes 2019 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (93+)

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.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Loire 12x75cl 1 93+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £224.00
Claude Riffault Sancerre Noue Rouge 2018 (12x75cl)
In Bond: £224.00
2018

Claude Riffault Sancerre Noue Rouge 2018 (12x75cl)

Wine Advocate (90+)

From 30- to 58-year-old vines on terres blanches and marl soils, Stéphane Riffault's 2018 Sancerre La Noue was cold-macerated and fermented with whole clusters for a total of four weeks. It offers an aromatic, fruity, elegant and charming bouquet of red cherries, raspberries and redcurrant intertwined with stony notes. Concentrated, round and mellow on he palate, this is an elegant, already accessible and maybe too charming (?) Pinot with ripe black berry and licorice aromas on the aftertaste. It was aged for a total of 16 months in 228- to 600-liter oak casks prior the bottling in February. Tasted right after the bottling in February 2021.
Delivery to Storage from 11 Sep 2021

Loire 12x75cl 2 90+ (WA) Read Review/Description In Bond: £224.00

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