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F. Cotat Culs de Beaujeu
F. Cotat Culs de Beaujeu

2019  Chavignol


An idiosyncratic, intriguing wine that is about as far from standard Sancerre as you'll get, and for that, Cotat will be relieved. The 2019 Sancerre Culs de Beaujeu has great concentration, and the gentle handling translates into delicacy of fruit. However, it’s far from a fruity wine; you'll find floral notes, an iodine-like character and nutty nuances (old barrels, including large formats, are preferred). It retains a sense of freshness and an almost briny essence on the long finish." - 95pts Vinous ----

Iconic and idiosyncratic, the wines of François Cotat are codeword for cellar-worthy Sancerre. Chavignol born and bred, Cotat has five hectares on Sancerre’s most famed hillsides: Les Monts Damnés and Le Cul de Beaujeu and the lesser-known Grands Côtes, which has a similar exposition to Cul de Beaujeu. He makes four cuvées and has always been hands off, shunning modern technology that his generation embraced: "the young generation are doing things more simply, and I have more in common with them; although, they think I’m a bear," he says. The grapes are hand harvested - often late, he is one of the last to pick his fruit from these top sites and that means high degrees of ripeness. Fermentations are wild, there’s no settling so ferments are high solids, and he doesn’t filter so all the goodness is left in. The wines all have an intensity of concentration that comes from low yields on a top site and impressive structure. Are they classic Sancerre? No, they’re Cotat. ---- 100% Sauvignon Blanc A famed single-vineyard in Chavignol Southeast facing, very cool site Steep slope with kimmeridgian limestone 50+ year old vines Indigenous yeast Fermented in very old demi-muids and aged in old barrels Unfined and unfiltered




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