Region France, Loire, Sancerre
Grape Sauvignon Blanc
Style Honeyed cashews, Thyme, Nectarine
Bottle Size 75cl
Sébastien Riffault produces wines that are almost the antithesis of the appellation he makes them in. He shuns the early harvesting of the grapes (done for high acid and freshness), instead he decides to pick late, letting the grapes fully ripen to produce as much aroma and flavour as possible. In the winery he plays with skin maceration (resulting in skin contact / orange wines) as well as oxygenation to produce fuller more savoury and nutty wines. The resulting bottles are a mentally complex, sewage coloured nectar which are the other side of the coin to the traditional Sauvignon Blanc you see in Sancerre.
Skeveldra is 100% Sauvignon blanc grown on flint soils with no skin contact here, just a lot of ripeness. The grapes are picked very late with around 50% of them being botrytised (noble rot affected; a fungus that reduces the water content of the grapes increasing concentration, something you see in dessert wines).
Skeveldra is the more bracing and acid forward bottling from Sebastien. Lots of minerality and citrus going into more yellow apple and a wild sagey herbaceousness and a nutty edge due to a little oxidation in barrel.