2022 Claude Riffault "Mosaïque Calcaire" Sancerre, Loire Valley, France

Gooseberries, lime, and passion fruit, which melds classic citrus with a touch of the exotic.



The grapes of Sauvignon Blanc for the "Mosaïque Calcaire" come from several plots with an array of clay, lime and marl soils formed during the Kimmeridgian in the Jurassic period in Sancerre. This soil ensures a deep implantation of the vines and gives richness to the wine, while the limestone subsoil and sediments of small shells provide a fine minerality.

While most French wine regions suffered from heat, drought and hail this year, and even a little frost in some areas, Sancerre experienced good rainfall in June, which enabled the vineyards not to suffer too much from the water stress that was a common feature across France in 2022.

The wine was aged mostly in stainless steel tanks (88%), and in French oak barrels (12%).


It was in Burgundy’s Beaune area that Stéphane Riffault learned the viticultural trade by completing a BTS. Burgundy’s climats are famous, known for the richness each single parcel can bring and the diversity that can produce exceptionally different wines just metres from one another. The geological and climatic factors have a significant impact on the individual cuvées produced. In 2015, these local specialties became part of UNESCO’s world heritage. These elements of the viticultural landscape on the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits certainly influenced Stéphane who, after his BTS and some training at Château Angélus, returned to Sancerre to take up the family property. He is not the only one in the family with an affinity for Burgundy: one of his brothers, Benoît, has established himself in Puligny-Montrachet as manager of Domaine Sauzet.

Domaine Claude Riffault has been in the north of the Sancerre appellation for 4 generations now, and it is Stéphane who is taking the place of his father, Claude. He takes care of 15.3 hectares of land in Sury-en-Vaux, shared across 6 lieux-dits. There are 13 hectares of the famous Sauvignon Blanc and 2.3 of Pinot Noir, a variety that works wonders in Sancerre. As mentioned above, Stéphane sees great importance in highlighting the parcels in which his vines are grown, with each cuvée carrying the name of a certain parcel: La Noue, Les Chailloux, Les Denisottes. Terroir is what interests this producer more than anything, so much of his effort goes into making this the heart and soul of his wine.

The work carried out puts respect for the vine, its fruit, and the soil at the centre, then what happens in the winery serves to produce wines that reflect their appellation. The soil is ploughed, and every step of the process has in mind the aeration and maturity of the grapes when they’re eventually harvested. The grapes are picked by hand and sorted carefully before the white ones are pressed and the reds are put in vats. In order to highlight each lieu-dit, each parcel is vinified separately during both vinification and maturation. This brings the idea of origins to the fore. In 2016, the domain was certified in organic growing, an important step for a domain that has always been attentive to the plant-life in its vineyards. Biodynamic work is underway, as well!


Grape(s) Sauvignon Blanc
Farming Organic