Claude Riffault Les Denisottes Sancerre 2019

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The 2019 Sancerre Les Boucauds is sourced 22- to 50-year-old southeast-facing vines on terres blanches and Kimmeridgian marl soils at 220 to 235 meters in altitude. It offers a bright, intense and slightly flinty bouquet of ripe stone fruit and pear aromas intertwined with delicate flint stone notes. Full-bodied, fresh and elegant on the palate, this is an intense, quite rich and powerful, textured, piquant and finely salty Sancerre with a long, elegant and quite powerful but balanced finish. The finish reveals a good grip and a dash of fresh lemon and apple juice yet still lacks the coolish precision and definition I appreciate so much in other terroir wines from Stéphane Riffault, but this might be a question of time rather than of the wine itself. The wine was aged on its lees for 10 months in oak and bottled in July last year. You don't really feel the 14% alcohol, thanks to the fine mineral and vital texture.

~91 pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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