Sancerre 'Les Desmalets', Claude Riffault, Loire, France 2015

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Sancerre 'Les Desmalets', Claude Riffault, Loire, France 2015

23.50

That thing, that thing. What thing? That thing, that thing! What ‘thing’ exactly, Sir? You must know what I mean by that thing! The thing you get with really good Sancerre. Oh, that thing! Yes, that thing, the minerally thing! Rest assured, Sir, Claude Riffault knows exactly what it is and this wine has an abundance of it.

The family domaine produces five single vineyard expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and we adored this one, which combines limestone alkalinity with sweet ripeness and racy tang, displaying notes of blackcurrant leaf, lime peal, ginger, grapefruit, mandarin and lemon pith. The fruit expresses a distinct smoky characteristic, precise and taut on the palate and the ideal accompaniment to shell-fish. Claude Riffault is the most exciting name in Sancerre right now and this is an absolute beauty.  13% alc. Drink now-2021.

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