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2007 Pascal Cotat, Sancerre, Grande Cote

Vinous

93

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Regular price $150
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2007 Pascal Cotat, Sancerre, Grande Cote

Vinous

93

CellarTracker

90
Regular price $150
/

From 20-60 year-old vines on a steep south-facing hillside, essentially a kimmeridgian plateau with no top soil. Hand-harvested, pressed whole-cluster. Fermented in old demi-muids and aged in old tonneaux. Classically medium-bodied, dense and bright; yellow-fruited, ripe citrus, with hints of smoke and white flowers.

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Cousins François and Pascal have for more than 30 years presided over their family vineyards in Chavignol, a unique section within Sancerre where the soils are more akin to that of Chablis - chalk with limestone and clay. Add in incredible farming and a knack for perfecting ripeness, each Cotat bottle guarantees impeccable quality - deep, unctuous, long and saline; sure, you can drink these now, but in a decade-plus you'll be thanking your lucky stars you stocked these away.

Pascal Cotat

The Cotat name has long been known within Sancerre - the family would make one bottling for each brother, Francis and Paul. In 1990, the sons of each brother, Francois (of Paul) and Pascal (of Francis) took over the cellars and began to delineate the vineyards to create more individualistic wines. That said, the wines are made in the same style by each cousin. 

Chavignol is famous for its unique soils to the rest of Sancerre, possessing more clay and limestone in the chalk which naturally provides more density. Add in the Cotats' smart farming - all natural, no chemicals - and their love of the perfect ripeness, you can expect the Cotat wines to be bold for Sancerre. In their youth, they might even have a gram or two of residual sugar, but this aids in the aging process, pairing with the natural acidity of Sauvignon Blanc to bring together an almost Burgundian texture over time in the cellar. 

Les Monts Damnes will be the most chiseled and profound of the bottlings, coming from a steeper slope with virtually no topsoil. La Grande Cote is perhaps the bottling with the most depth, its soils very similar to Chablis, providing great energy and salinity. The Rosé is one of the most sought-after rosés from Europe - yes, classified as a VdF but very much coming from 90-year old Pinot Noir vines within Sancerre. 

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Pascal Cotat

Cousins François and Pascal have for more than 30 years presided over their family vineyards in Chavignol, a unique section within Sancerre where the soils are more akin to that of Chablis - chalk with limestone and clay. Add in incredible farming and a knack for perfecting ripeness, each Cotat bottle guarantees impeccable quality - deep, unctuous, long and saline; sure, you can drink these now, but in a decade-plus you'll be thanking your lucky stars you stocked these away.

The Cotat name has long been known within Sancerre - the family would make one bottling for each brother, Francis and Paul. In 1990, the sons of each brother, Francois (of Paul) and Pascal (of Francis) took over the cellars and began to delineate the vineyards to create more individualistic wines. That said, the wines are made in the same style by each cousin. 

Chavignol is famous for its unique soils to the rest of Sancerre, possessing more clay and limestone in the chalk which naturally provides more density. Add in the Cotats' smart farming - all natural, no chemicals - and their love of the perfect ripeness, you can expect the Cotat wines to be bold for Sancerre. In their youth, they might even have a gram or two of residual sugar, but this aids in the aging process, pairing with the natural acidity of Sauvignon Blanc to bring together an almost Burgundian texture over time in the cellar. 

Les Monts Damnes will be the most chiseled and profound of the bottlings, coming from a steeper slope with virtually no topsoil. La Grande Cote is perhaps the bottling with the most depth, its soils very similar to Chablis, providing great energy and salinity. The Rosé is one of the most sought-after rosés from Europe - yes, classified as a VdF but very much coming from 90-year old Pinot Noir vines within Sancerre. 


Vinous

Vinous

93

Bright straw. Captivating, pungent nose shows poached pear, licorice, wet stone and tobacco, with a subtle herbal nuance adding further complexity. Velvety, pure and dry but not austere, with intense minerality firming the lush orchard and pit fruit flavors. The very long, dusty, mineral-dominated finish refuses to let up. This densely packed wine would be great with a rich poultry dish, or with strong cheeses.

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Vinous

Vinous

93

Bright straw. Captivating, pungent nose shows poached pear, licorice, wet stone and tobacco, with a subtle herbal nuance adding further complexity. Velvety, pure and dry but not austere, with intense minerality firming the lush orchard and pit fruit flavors. The very long, dusty, mineral-dominated finish refuses to let up. This densely packed wine would be great with a rich poultry dish, or with strong cheeses.