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François Cotat, 'Caillottes' Sancerre 2017
France / White

François Cotat, 'Caillottes' Sancerre 2017

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Notes from North Berkeley Imports:

"Sancerre from François Cotat is simply some of the most singular Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Devotees can tell you that what happens in this modest cellar in Chavignol is one part winemaking, three parts magic. Atypical yet arresting in their complexity, Cotat Sancerre is wine that can and should be aged for decades.

The Cotat family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on the slopes of the fabled “Monts Damnés” in Chavignol since the end of World War II; it was only in the 1990s when the two Cotat brothers, Paul and Francis, handed over the family domaine to their sons, François and Pascal, respectively.

Today there are two wineries—one in Chavignol, headed by François Cotat, and one in Sancerre, run by Pascal Cotat—yet both cousins craft wines from older Sauvignon Blanc vines located in Chavignol’s most-prized vineyards.

‘Caillottes’ means little stones. This vineyard (a flatter area, due east of the slope where the ‘Monts Damnés’ vineyard is found), with its thin limestone soils, is planted to young vines. Zesty notes of lime and white pepper; sweet yellow fruit. A more “approachable,” early drinking Cotat that nonetheless captures the depth and persistence of the Cotat style."

Country
France
Sub-Region
Sancerre AOC
Region
Loire
Varieties
Sauvignon Blanc
Farming
Practicing Organic
Soil
Chalky limestone, clay
Winemaking
Pressed (older, wooden vertical press) whole cluster; fermented on indigenous yeasts in very old demi-muids. Aged in older barrels and tonneaux. Racked and bottled according to the lunar calendar. Bottled by hand, unfined and unfiltered.