2010Riffault2010 Domaine Etienne et Sebastien Riffault, Sancerre “Les Quarterons” Loire Valley, France.
This Sancerre has great depth, vigor and intensity with vivid flavors and fabulous mineral essence that comes from small yields and attention to details from vine to glass, this wine is pure class from strait to finish. Certified organic and using biodynamic (severe selection) practices the Riffault’s Les Quarterons is amazingly full on the palate without losing any drive from the acidity and brightness of fruit, showing deft winemaking and true sense of place and terroir. The nose is steely fresh with river stones, sea breeze, honeydew and citrus leading to a mouth filling palate of lemon/lime, melon cream, grapefruit, gooseberry and stone fruit fresh and pit with chalky mineral, spice and mint leaves. This fantastic white is true pleasure and a exciting new find in Sauvignon Blanc, imported by Return to Terroir, I highly recommend chasing this one down.
($28 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive

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