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  • 179. Sancerre AC 2017

    Pierre Riffault

    100% Sauvignon (13% alc.)

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    Riffault is based in Verdigny and has a ten hectare domaine dispersed over  varying  subsoils (limestone-clay marls,  limestone fragments and siliceous clay with flint).  Flint, although inert,  may help to give a  lipsmacking, gunflinty character that really plays its part here with this  pure, typical, good value wine. For drinking now to 2019.

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Pierre Riffault
Size of domaine
10.5 hectares (white grapes 8 hectares)
Sauvignon Blanc trained single guyot and at 6,100 vines per hectare. Average age 20 years. Massale and clonal selection on 41B, Fercale and S04 rootstock.
Llimestone-clay marls, broken up kimmeridgian limestone, and siliceous clay with flint. Altitude of 200-300 metres and facing south- south east with a 15% slope. Depth of soil 25cms.
De-bud but no green harvesting. Hoeing of soil. Sulphur to prevent oidium. ‘Confusion sexuelle’ to prevent pests. Occasional addition of fertiliser. Soil is ploughed in summer but not grassed. Machine harvested. Yield- 65 h/h
De-stalked. Selected yeasts. Fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel cuves at 16-20C for 2 weeks. Chaptalisation if necessary. Lees stirred after fermentation. Kept on the fine lees for 6-8 months. Press wine blended back. No malolactic. Elevage in stainless steel cuves. One racking and then bentonite fining and kieselguhr filtered. Bottles 11 times a year. Production 70,000 bottles.
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