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The commune of Chavignol in the Loire’s Sancerre region is truly of grand cru stature and the wines of François Cotat are some of the finest and most age-worthy expressions of Sauvignon Blanc on the planet.
Provided it is planted in the right place, Sauvignon Blanc is not particularly difficult to make. However, to have renowned wine critic Robert Parker describing your wine as “some of the finest Sauvignon Blancs I have ever put to my lips” is no mean feat. It’s no surprise that François Cotat is regarded as one of the best winemakers in Sancerre. Cotat’s holdings span the steepest slopes of the appellation and are planted on Kimmeridgian clay rich soils and dotted with “caillottes” (pebbles). Cultivation is arduous and must be done entirely by hand. Cotat farms 4 hectares of vines, in the villages of Chavignol and Amigny.
The secret lies in Cotat’s biodynamic methods: old vines which are harvested late and a philosophy of letting the fruit do its own thing. This results in a one-of-a-kind Sauvignon Blanc; rich and deeply concentrated. They also show excellent capacity for improving with age. Pressed juice undergoes fermentation in very old 600-litre oak barrels and ageing of the wine also takes place in old oak barrels. Wines are bottled without fining or filtration.
We are lucky enough to receive an allocation of 25 cases from this much sought-after domaine. Fans must not miss out – this is a wine that will blow away any preconceptions you may have about Sauvignon Blanc.
“He’s the total star of Sancerre. François Cotat is one of the Loire’s most revered producers” – Jamie Goode, Wineanorak.com