2010 Sancerre, Les Culs de Beaujeu, Domaine François Cotat, Loire

2010 Sancerre, Les Culs de Beaujeu, Domaine François Cotat, Loire

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2010 Sancerre, Les Culs de Beaujeu, Domaine François Cotat, Loire

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Suspended high above the village of Chavignol, Les Culs de Beaujeu vineyard is fortunately composed of plenty of clay (stopping it sliding down the near vertical slope), that assists no doubt in giving the wine a creamy, velvety quality than none of Francois other wines/vineyards share. A great wine for the cellar, drinking from say 2015 at the earliest.
(David Berry Green)

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Wine Advocate92/100
Francois Cotat elected to leave his 2010 Sancerre Les Culs de Beaujeu with 8 grams of residual sugar, as it had already reached 14.5% alcohol: the highest of his classic trio in this vintage. The effect is like a liqueur of Sancerre (an expression I may well have used on some previous occasion, but which can scarcely have been more apt than on this one). Take herbal elixir; add mirabelle and rowan eau de vies, candied citrus rind and almond extract. Yes, it’s heady stuff – in its high-toned aromatic intensity as well as its voluminous, faintly warm palate presence: but that fits this wine’s soothing, enveloping character and its long-lasting concentration of herb, nut, and pit fruit essences. Cotat Sancerre has never shied away from making singular, memorably “atypical” statements and this one is written in bold letters. I suspect it will be worth following for 15 years or more, which counts as “the usual” for an outsized, subtly sweet wine from this estate.
David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate - Jun 2012 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5/20
This comes from some of the lower slopes of the F Cotat holding in southern Chavignol. Smoky and fine and much less stinky than the Caillottes. Actually a pretty sweet start to the palate and then lots of fruit and freshness. Good balance. Very fine and satisfying. Introvert and smooth. Chewy end but much much less jagged than the Caillottes. They must have picked this very late! Not an aperitif style of wine however…
Jancis Robinson MW, jancisrobinson.com, 12 Nov 2012 Read more

About this WINE

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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Sancerre is a famous white Sauvignon Blanc appellation located on the left bank of the Loire, across from Pouilly-Fumé.

While Pouilly-Fumé's vineyards are tightly clustered and homogeneous, Sancerre's 14 communes (including the great villages of Chavignol, Bué, Verdigny, Amigny and Ménétréol) are widely dispersed, covering nearly 3,000 hectares over vertiginous valleys at up to 350 metres above sea level, and three distinct soil types: silex, a white flint found around Sancerre and Ménétréol in particular, giving perfume and a fine structure; terres blanches, a calcareous clay soil that whitens as it dries (widely distributed), delivering a full, fruity richness; and caillottes, a Portlandian soil brimming with large limestones imparting both power and verve – as found in Sancerre, Chavignol and Bué.

A fourth soil type, griottes, tightly-packed with small limestones, has also been identified – as found near the village of Vosges. Kimmeridgean clay crops up less consistently than in Pouilly-Fumé and since most Sancerre, bar the single-vineyard wines, are a blend of soils the result is a richer, fuller and fleshier Sauvignon Blanc.

As with Pouilly-Fumé, an increasing number of (single-vineyard) wines are being raised in French oak, mostly 500-litre and demi-muids; little surprise in light of naturally higher alcohol levels due to global warming. Sancerre Rouge is also made from Pinot Noir, the quality of which is often compromised by bleeding some of the juice to make rosé – Vincent Pinard is a master nonetheless.

Recommended producers: François CotatAndré DezatDavid Sautereau

Top vineyards include: Les Monts Damnés, La Grande Côte, Le Cul de Beaujeu, Grand (and Petit) Chemarin, Chêne Marchand

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Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc

An important white grape in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley that has now found fame in New Zealand and now Chile. It thrives on the gravelly soils of Bordeaux and is blended with Sémillon to produce fresh, dry, crisp  Bordeaux Blancs, as well as more prestigious Cru Classé White Graves.

It is also blended with Sémillon, though in lower proportions, to produce the great sweet wines of Sauternes. It performs well in the Loire Valley and particularly on the well-drained chalky soils found in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where it produces bone dry, highly aromatic, racy wines, with grassy and sometimes smoky, gunflint-like nuances.

In New Zealand, Cloudy Bay in the 1980s began producing stunning Sauvignon Blanc wines with extraordinarily intense nettly, gooseberry, and asparagus fruit, that set Marlborough firmly on the world wine map. Today many producers are rivalling Cloudy Bay in terms of quality and Sauvignon Blanc is now New Zealand`s trademark grape.

It is now grown very successfully in Chile producing wines that are almost halfway between the Loire and New Zealand in terms of fruit character. After several false starts, many South African producers are now producing very good quality, rounded fruit-driven Sauvignon Blancs.

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