Grower

Claude Riffault

Winemaker

Stéphane Riffault

Location

📍 Sury-en-Vaux, Loire, France

Size

13.5 hectares

Established in

Grapes

Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir

Specificity

The wines are certified organic since 2016.

 

After finishing his studies in Beaune 15 years ago, Stéphane Riffault has slowly taken over the reins of the estate in Sury-en-Vaux that still bears his father’s name. His brother Benoît never made it back to the Loire, but instead married and now runs Domaine Sauzet in Puligny-Montrachet, which potentially helps to explain the Burgundian approach to winemaking here.
His father made just one wine, a Sancerre, which was very simply made. Stéphane now makes five or more each vintage and most are fermented largely in smaller casks or barrels, of which some 10% are new. Contrary to some of his colleagues, he abhors malolactic conversions, which he believes have a negative impact on the character of Sauvignon Blanc.
His vineyards have been organically farmed since 2016, in order to keep an intent focus on quality. For similar reasons, Stéphane Riffault generally produces about 80,000 bottles a year.
Sury-en-Vaux is to the north of the Sancerre appellation and domain Claude Riffault spans 15.3 hectares, covering 6 lieux-dits. The majority of the vineyard is planted with Sauvignon Blanc (10.5 hectares), along with 3 hectares of Pinot Noir.
The domain has transcended all expectations in these past years, and their cuvées are becoming more and more sought after.

 

Sancerre, Les Chasseignes, Claude Riffault, 2018
Beautiful, round, bold, elegant. Everything that you would want from a Sancerre and more.
£27.50
Country
France
Region
Loire
Style
Crisp & Clean
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Sancerre rouge, La Noue, Claude Riffault, 2018
A truly charming Pinot Noir that promises a tremendous future for the grape in the Loire. And an even more impressive future for Riffault…
£27.50
Country
France
Region
Loire
Style
Light & Perfumed
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Sancerre, Monoparcelle 469, Claude Riffault, 2018
Vines planted in the 1950s are used to produce this standout Sancerre.
£38.40
Country
France
Region
Loire
Style
Complex & Buttery
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