2015 Claude Riffault "La Noue" Sancerre Rosé SKU #1262086


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Tasting Notes

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.

Staff Reviews

  • John Majeski
    By: John Majeski
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Olivia Ragni
    By: Olivia Ragni
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    K&L Staff Member
    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!
  • Eric Story
    By: Eric Story
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • Mahon McGrath
    By: Mahon McGrath
    K&L Staff Member
    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.
  • James Bradshaw
    By: James Bradshaw
    K&L Staff Member
    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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