Freaky Friday: 2013 Sebastien Riffault ‘Les Quarterons’ Sancerre

Sebastien Riffault is a renegade in Sancerre, using no chemicals in the vineyard, still plowing by horse and only employing a tiny addition of sulphur for this particular bottling. In essence, Riffault’s different cuvées are designated by how much botrytis is used – these are late picked, yet dry Sauvignon Blancs.

‘Les Quarterons’ contains 20% of botrytised fruit and is distinguished by containing the lowest amount of all cuvèes. The nose is immediately reminiscent of a desert wine and filled with characters of honey, toasty herbs, marzipan and citrus rind. Golden in colour and mouth filling but by no means fat; ginger spice, lemon zest, apricot and exotic fruits accentuate a waxy texture on the palate that’s pieced together with a superb light-grey-rock minerality and line of refreshing acidity which screams Sancerre. A truly exhilarating experience defined by place, rather than varietal.

Sancerre, $48
Available all stores

Price is valid for two weeks unless sold out prior