Akmèniné, Sébastien Riffault, Sancerre 2016
Sébastien had been working with his father Etienne since 2002 and in 2004 began the committed task of converting to biodynamic viticulture. At first, he met with scepticism from his father, who permitted him to try it on a small plot, but it didn’t take long to convince him that biodynamic viticulture was the future.
For Sébastien, biodynamic practices are the minimum. An ardent believer in biodiversity he planted an array of flowers, plants and grass throughout his vineyards. He never uses chemical pesticides, herbicides or fungicides and ploughs by horse.
Late picking is a signature style for this estate, when the grapes start to have botrytis or “noble rot”, a practice that used to be widely employed in Sancerre in the distant past.
The wines are sensuous, rich, lively and
This wine is made from a 35-year-old three-acre parcel planted on chalky limestone and clay, the grapes were directly pressed without skin contact. Thirty percent of the grapes had botrytis and the wine is fermented in old oak barrels, exclusively with native yeast, allows them to undergo malolactic fermentation. Then they are aged in wood for two years. All are bottled unfined, unfiltered and without SO2.
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