Still in barrel, this has a lively and crisp entry; the 2021 Sancerre Les Denizottes really says "dinnng!" with its zesty expression. Light in body, there’s a little flesh through the wine, and it’s perhaps the most varietal and least charming of the 2021s with its nettle notes.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2033
Robert Parker 94
The 2021 Sancerre Les Denisottes is based on old vines rooting in deep Kimmeridgian terres blanches soils only 100 meters from the domaine. The widely branched root system has emancipated this Riffault "chateau wine" from vintage caprices. The nose is clear, intense and pure in its iodine and mineral-oyster expression that integrates discreet fruit hints of limes, lemons and cassis. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, intense and rich but also refined and elegant Sancerre with a long, tensile and structured finish. This is a purely mineral Sancerre with stimulating salts and generous but neither prominent nor dominant fruit. The Denisottes is a safe bet here, and it’s always exciting in its high-energy performance paired with purity and finesse. Highly recommended. Biodynamic. 13% stated alcohol. Natural cork. Tasted in March 2023.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2035