Domaine Francois Cotat, Chavignol

Domaine Francois Cotat, Chavignol

Francois Cotat produces idiosyncratic, complex and ageworthy Sancerres from his tiny 3 hectare estate at the heart of the prized Chavignol commune which lies on Kimmeridgian clay and Caillotte soils.

Such is the steepness of the slopes (in the vineyards of Les Monts Damnés, Le Cul de Beaujeu and La Grande Côte) that cultivation is arduous and must be done entirely by hand. The grapes are late-picked for maximum flavour and in the winery, François adopts a very traditional, non-interventionist approach, barrel-fermenting the juice in old demi-muids using natural yeasts.

At times, François' wines have had to be declassified to "simple" Vin de Table status due to a higher level of residual sugar or alcohol than the appellation's rules permit or simply because the local committee find them too atypical.

François racks according to the phases of the moon and the wines develop with age and, in the best vintages, can be cellared for more than 50 years.

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2012 Sancerre, Les Monts Damnés, Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol, Loire
White
2012
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2014 Sancerre, Caillottes, Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol
White
2014
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Sancerre, Les Monts Damnés, Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol, Loire
White
2014
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Sancerre, Les Culs de Beaujeu, Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol
White
2014
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2007 Sancerre, Cuvée Paul, Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol
White
2007
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Full Bodied
Off Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2009 Sancerre, La Grande Côte, Dme. François Cotat, Chavignol
White
2009
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Full Bodied
Dry
15.0% Alcohol
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2013 Sancerre, Caillottes, Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol
White
2013
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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2018 Sancerre, Les Monts Damnés, Domaine François Cotat, Loire
White
2018
For laying down
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2018 Sancerre Rosé, Domaine François Cotat, Loire
Rosé
2018
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2010 Sancerre, 'Caillottes', Domaine François Cotat, Chavignol
White
2010
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
13.0% Alcohol
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