The producer name 'Cotat' on any bottle of Sancerre raises expectations, as these are simply some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Similar to his cousin François, Pascal Cotat crafts uncanny wines that defy both time and definition. All of their wines can age effortlessly for decades and have the energy of a coiled spring. We are excited to be offering these.
The Cotat family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir on the slopes of the fabled Monts Damnés in Chavignol sfor generations, but 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 in Chavignol’s most-prized vineyards.
'Cotat's 2014 Sancerre Les Mont Damnés is pure perfume of its limestone terroir. The nose is just beautiful in its purity and flavors, a unique mix of lemon perfume, herbs, flowers and crushed stones. Full-bodied, very dense and intense on the palate, this is a highly complex and elegant, seriously structured wine. It has lingering minerals and fruit flavors in the endless aftertaste. The wine is tight and full of potential, a great and unique Sancerre.
The iconic 2.4-hectare domaine in Chavignol produces just two wines, the Sancerres Les Monts Damnés and La Grande Côte. The grapes are always picked very late and highly ripe, and the wines do not ferment fully dry. Aged in old barrels and bottled without fining, they can be cellared for many, many years—if not several decades. Since they taste pretty round and fruity in the first years, I would not open a bottle before it is five or even ten years old, in order to enjoy the full mineral complexity. From the very convincing 2014 vintage, I prefer Les Monts Damnés at this early stadium, but La Grande Côte also surely has great aging potential and will develop its complexity over the years.' 95pts, Stephan Reinhard, www.robertparker.com