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2013 Francois Cotat, Sancerre, Monts Damnes

Vinous

91

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90
Regular price $95
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2013 Francois Cotat, Sancerre, Monts Damnes

Vinous

91

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90
Regular price $95
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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.

Francois 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.

Caillottes tends to be the most delicate of the bottlings from Francois, younger vines within soils that contain a bit more chalk than clay. Culs de Beaujeu contains pre-war vines in a cooler climat, and will often have a cool yet sweet green tone to its stony flavors. 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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Francois 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.

Caillottes tends to be the most delicate of the bottlings from Francois, younger vines within soils that contain a bit more chalk than clay. Culs de Beaujeu contains pre-war vines in a cooler climat, and will often have a cool yet sweet green tone to its stony flavors. 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

91

Light yellow. Sumptuous nose shows ripe pear, yellow plum and woodsmoke. Rich, slightly sweet pear and pit fruit flavors are held firm by a bitter lemon zest quality that packs a real punch. The finish lingers with excellent persistence, boasting a touch of talc, salty quinine and anise on the back of the palate.

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Vinous

Vinous

91

Light yellow. Sumptuous nose shows ripe pear, yellow plum and woodsmoke. Rich, slightly sweet pear and pit fruit flavors are held firm by a bitter lemon zest quality that packs a real punch. The finish lingers with excellent persistence, boasting a touch of talc, salty quinine and anise on the back of the palate.