Sancerre ‘Akmeniné’, Sébastien Riffault  2015

Sancerre ‘Akmeniné’, Sébastien Riffault  2015

Fruity and even candied stone fruit on the nose whilst spicy and creamy on the palate. A distinctive style with exceptional minerality and complexity.

  • Fresh
  • Fruity
  • Spicy
Taste

Fresh, Fruity, Spicy

Colour

Orange, White

Product Name

Sancerre 'Akmenimé'

Producer

Sébastien Riffault

Region

Loire

Country

France

Vintage

2014

Product Type

Light Wine (Normal)

Ethics & Values

Biodynamic, Natural, Vegan

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Volume

Bottle 75cl

Importer

Raeburn

Carbonation

Still

£34.50

Additional information

Taste

Fresh, Fruity, Spicy

Colour

Orange, White

Product Name

Sancerre 'Akmenimé'

Producer

Sébastien Riffault

Region

Loire

Country

France

Vintage

2014

Product Type

Light Wine (Normal)

Ethics & Values

Biodynamic, Natural, Vegan

Grape

Sauvignon Blanc

Volume

Bottle 75cl

Importer

Raeburn

Carbonation

Still

Description

This is Sancerre with a distinct difference to probably all others on the market. It is made with fully ripe grapes and even grapes so ripe that they are affected by a condition called noble rot which creates concentration, complexity and strikingly delicious wine. The ‘Akmenimé cuvee comes from a tiney 1 hectare plot of vines. The wines are left on their skins, which gives the orange hue and go through full malolactic fermentation (less fruit acid, more cream) and are aged in old oak on their lees. This gives a style of Sancerre that is completely different from the mainstream. Radically different and, as long as you are expecting that, a delicous expression of Sancerre.This may sound maverick and it is certainly not how things are normally done in the prestigious region today. This was however common practice in the region traditionally. Many mainstream Sancerre producers will in fact harvest when grapes are under ripe to capture green aromatic qualities. This practice has come about because there is a global trend towards lean, green Sauvignon with high acidity. The question is is this the best way to interpret the grapes from this exceptional region? Sébastian Riffault has made waves with his controversial methods but his wines have gradually grown in popularity and critical acclaim.