Sebastien Riffault Sancerre Rouge Raudonas
Region: Sancerre, Loire
Grapes: Pinot Noir
The Riffault family have been making wine in Sancerre for generations. After working with his father, Sebastien began working under his own label in 2002, making late-harvested, botrytis affected wines that stand in stark contrast to the typically lean and grassy Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre is known for. All his wines are vinified dry and bottled without any additives.
Raudonas is a rareity in this Sauvignon Blanc-dominated region; of course in this case it gets the Riffault treatment, the grapes being harvested extremely late and are partially affected by botrytis AKA noble rot. The wine macerates gently on skins for ten days and then is aged for two years in old barrel and in bottle for 6 months before release. It's a wild brand of Pinot that has ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, plenty of barnyard funk, as well as notes of something like tomato and spice.