In the premium Sauvignon category, Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé are often considered the best examples, with their distinctive minerality and well-balanced acidity and richness. Our recent arrivals from Claude Riffault express these famous terroirs of the Sancerre region in pure and precise form. We also have the last remaining cases of 2015 Seresin Estate Marama available, a prestigious Sauvignon Blanc, arguably one of Marlborough’s best, with an incredible ability to age. Some other outstanding New World examples undoubtedly come from Margaret River – Leeuwin Estate Art Series and Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Elsa. Please reach out to your Fesq & Company Representative for more information on these exceptional wines.
Sancerre, Loire Valley
Stéphane Riffault tends 13.5ha of vines in and around Sury-en-Vaux in the north of the Sancerre appellation, all certified organic and biodynamic. Within the domaine lies each of the region’s famous terroir; they hold 6 plots divided according to the different geological characteristics; caillottes (shallow limestone on top of stones), terres blanches (kimmeridgian limestone-marl), and silex (flint).
Where his father, Claude, had always produced a single Sancerre, Stéphane releases five or more each vintage. His focus is on the highest care and attention to his vines and to obtain the most precise wines that are directly linked to their origin as possible. When he took over the domaine from his father, he spent years getting to know every plot deeply: “My early years weren’t easy, it has taken me years to understand each parcel”.
The grapes from each plot are vinified and aged separately. Precision and purity of each wine’s lieu-dit are the hallmarks of Stéphane Riffault.
Recently arrived are the 2018 releases from two plots; Les Denisottes and Les Chasseignes. A warm vintage in the Loire that produced ripe and concentrated wines with excellent varietal purity.
Marlborough, New Zealand
The organic and biodynamic wines of Seresin Estate are some of the most prestigious of the region. Cinematographer Michael Seresin founded the estate in the early 1990s, and in recent years has moved to downsize their output in order to be able to continue producing the most natural, hand-crafted wines possible.
They are deeply committed to natural ferments which are a slow process, but the result is added savouriness and more mouth-watering textures and flavours. All their wines spend additional time in barrel or bottle before release. They believe, “Good things come to those who wait.”
Margaret River, Western Australia
While most famously known for their Chardonnay, Margaret River produces some of the finest examples of Sauvignon Blanc in Australia. Leeuwin Estate‘s Art Series Sauvignon Blanc and Moss Wood‘s Ribbon Vale Elsa Sauvignon Blanc represent two of the region’s most acclaimed producers.
Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Elsa Sauvignon Blanc 2019
90% sauvignon blanc, 10% semillon. Hand picked and sorted, each variety vinified separately. 10 months in French barrels (5% new). Wow. Ok, so a new breed of barrel-aged sauvignon blanc is here. Intense and rich, rounded, complex and viscous in texture. The tannins (yes, tannins – despite only an hour on skins) are ripe and chewy; they frame the soft citrus fruit in a pillow of texture. Sauvignon blanc can be edgy – this is not. Semillon can be grassy – this is not. Keith has managed to capture the attributes of both varieties, with none of the obviousness. What a wonder.
96 Points, Erin Larkin, Halliday Wine Companion 2021
Source By: FESQ & COMPANY