- François Cotat
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Jancis Robinson, July 2021,
Neither fined nor filtered. In Chavignol. The soils between the top and the bottom of lieu-dit Culs de Beaujeu are quite different: pure terres blanches, where this Sauvignon Blanc is grown; then at the very top of the site some red clay in the soil, where Dom Delaporte have Pinot Noir (Matthieu Delaporte is the only grower with Pinot planted in the lieu-dit, and his vines occupy all of the top section). Really appetising with a spine of acidity and real refreshment value. Clean and a whistle with lots of personality. Drink 2020-2028.
Since inheriting his father’s parcels of old vines in 1990, François Cotat has become one of the most sought-after names in the Loire thanks to his cellar-worthy Sancerre. François' success and individuality can be attributed to his intense passion for creating the finest examples of Sauvignon Blanc and his exceptionally placed vineyards; his gift for producing long-lived wines from this varietal is unmatched. Four hectares of vines sit on outstanding terroirs outside the village of Chavignol where the steep south facing slopes are rich in Kimmeridgian marl, the same clay and limestone soils that give Chablis its distinctive character. Organic viticulture combined with densely planted vines, ultra-low yields and relatively late harvesting produces fantastically flavoursome fruit. In the winery, traditional non-intervention winemaking is the rule with little handling and no fining or filtration. A visit to their ancient cellar is a testament to this old-fashioned way of thinking. This is the way wines should be made - calmly, naturally and slowly.
The picturesque town of Sancerre perches atop a hill on the left bank of the Loire with vineyards planted on limestone and clay hillsides. A total of 14 villages and 3 hamlets have the rights to produce Sancerre, and, due to the increasing popularity of the wine, the area under vine trebled in the last quarter of the 20th century. Often considered the classic home of Sauvignon Blanc, good Sancerre is crisp, elegant and aromatic, and among the finest and most complex Sauvignons in the world. Delicate reds and roses are also made from Pinot Noir.