2015 Claude Riffault "La Noue" Sancerre Rosé

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La Noue is a 2.5 hectare vineyard plot from which Domaine Claude Riffault makes their red and rosé wine. The plot is divided into seven adjacent vineyards featuring Terres Blanches and Kimmeridgian marl soils with 100% Pinot Noir vines ranging from 8 to 56 years old. The rosé is allowed some light skin contact to gain color, complexity, and aromatic interest during its vinification.

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By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2016 | Send Email
Welcome to the 'Pink Peacock', or at least that's the name I just penned to reflect the ravishing spectrum of rosés on our shelves at this warmest time of year, all colors and tints from delicate rose petal to rapturous sunset competing for your artful eye and palate. I learned long ago to expand my horizons beyond the hue and cry of Provence and Tavel, and discovered one of my favorites from a parcel of limestone in Sancerre farmed by a talented young winemaker named Stephane Riffault. His La Noue rosé is a poised, sophisticated expression of high-toned, prismatic fruit— strawberries, cherries, watermelon, peaches— crisply dry and balanced by perfect acidity and the influence of marl-rich soils. Definitely a must try for all who covet these stylish wines. Time to raise your tints!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/8/2016 | Send Email
This rosé is much more than just a summer ‘porch-pounder,’ this is a serious rosé that provides complexity and depth. Aromas of white flowers, melon and chalk pop out of the glass. Layers of flavors like watermelon, fresh cranberry, wet stones and rose petals grace the palate. There is such beautiful structure, with zippy high acid and a dry, long finish, you’ll be tasting this rosé for a while after the bottle is empty.

By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
Aromas of juicy cherry, watermelon and well water jump from the glass as soon as this is poured. This is aristocratic and pure with intense focus on the middle palate of freshly sliced fruit and the mineral-soaked, saline finish. A bit more classy than your average picnic rosé.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
When I want rose I'm usually looking for something delicate and elegant, but don't want to sacrifice good flavor. The La Noue Sancerre Rose from Claude Riffault delivers. It has a lovely strawberry and cranberry nose with a delicate wet earth minerality. The palate is lively, but not overly aggressive with acidity. The wine is dry, but finishes long with a pleasantly sweet note - like a perfectly ripe nectarine. The great balance makes for a great wine!

By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Zippy red fruit concentration with wafts of mineral and spice and the color is beautiful. This is a serious rosé that carries complexity and depth of character. Definitely fresh and bright — this is a style and quality that should be paid attention to, as it is setting the bar quite high for others to reach for.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Are you a fan of the purity, subtlety, and seriousness of which Sancerre rosés are capable? Then sidle on up to a bottle of the 2015 Riffault—you’ll find yourself right at home. This presents such fruit as it has in translucently thin slices, as though you’re tasting the aroma of a fruit rather than the fruit itself, and so functions more in a subsidiary role here, shifting the focus to point up the minerality and ripping acidity, rather than being the star itself.

By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
Strawberry, raspberry, and red currants dash to the forefront in this delightful summertime sipper. Lithe, bright, and immensely expressive, the opening fruit flavors give way to elements of stone and flint, adding an unexpected level of complexity. Medium-bodied with a lively core of acidity, this is perfect to drink on its own or toss in your picnic basket. There are so many nice things to say about this wine, but the floral notes alone are worth the price of admission.
Drink from 2015 to 2020

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
Alcohol Content (%): 13