He’s the total star of Sancerre. François Cotat (note, there’s a relation, cousin Pascal Cotat, and the wines of the two shouldn’t be confused) is one of the Loire’s most revered producers. Based in Chavignol, he has just three hectares, of which 0.5 ha is Pinot Noir. The Sauvignon is picked quite late, and then barrel fermented in old demi muids with natural yeasts. The wines need time to show their best, and can age beautifully. I tried these two wines, including the rare Cuvée Paul, at The Sampler (South Kensington). Quite stunning.
If you want some more colour on Cotat, then here’s a great blog post by Aaron Ayscough on a visit he made.
François Cotat Cuvée Paul 2007 Sancerre, France
Lovely nose: grapefruit with a hint of green pepper and elderflower. Really fresh and vivid. Bright, pure, fresh palate with some green notes but also some chalky texture and ripe, rich passionfruit notes. A distinctive, remarkable Sauvignon of real beauty. 95/100
François Cotat Les Montes Damnés 2012 Sancerre, France
Textured and broad. Slightly nutty with smooth, ripe pear and citrus fruit. Lively despite the breadth, with some chalky, mineral notes alongside the supple fruit. Beautiful, harmonious and elegant, finishing fresh. 93/100
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