|Grape/Varietal : Sauvignon Blanc||Color : White|
|Origin : France||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Sancerre, Loire||ABV : 13%|
|Vintage : 2016||Natural Factor: Organic|
Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre is known for intense minerality, crisp texture and bright citrus notes. Sebastien’s Sancerre wines are not quite like this. In fact, they are completely different. So what are they? They are delicious, singular, lithe expressions of the vines he works biodynamically in his small corner of Sancerre. Son of winemaker Etienne Riffault, he began his own label in 2002. The biggest difference between Sebastien and the rest of Sancerre is his belief in biodiversity, biodynamics and natural winemaking. These principals are rare to find in a region where most vines and wines are made with chemicals and manipulation. Sebastien is a bright light of natural winemaking in this region.
He farms 12 hectares biodynamically near Sury-en-Vaux, plowing by horse so the soil is meticulously tilled in the right places. He works with low yields and picks late, when the fruit is quite ripe with high levels of botrytis, sometimes up to 50%. This is a technique usually followed by those interested in producing sweet wine – picking late with botrytis. But Sebastien allows all the wines to ferment to dryness and practices very long elevage, wines are often in barrel for 3 years. The results he produce are stunning, deep and oxidative with incredible energy and lift, bringing both freshness and weight.
Grapes are hand harvested and fermented with natural yeasts primarily in large old barrels. In spite of the crisp, intense acidity, all of the wines undergo complete malolactic fermentation. The wines are aged on their lees and are never chaptalized or acidified. His wines are not filtered or fined. No SO2 is added (except for minimal sulfur added to Les Quarterons at time of bottling).
Akmenine is a mature, warm, pulpy wine, in the glass it is a concentrated grape juice. A skilfully made macerated white which, like all Sebastien wines, takes its name (in Lithuanian in homage to his wife) from the single 3-hectare cru from which it comes. 100% Sauvignon from 30-year-old vines grown in a biodynamic way, the grapes are harvested slightly late to enhance their richness and concentration. Spontaneous fermentation with 30% of botrytized grapes and light contact with the skins in steel, followed by 36 months of aging in used barrels before bottling without clarification, filtration or addition of SO2. Solar strength, unearthly density and complexity reign. Bitter-sweet honey with glazed lime zest on medlar sorbet, red spices and cinnamon baked apples.
Pairs Well With :
Saffron Asparagus Cream
Sounds Like :
Neil Young - The Needle and the damage done