Stunning Sancerre for now & for the cellar

There are three distinct areas of Sancerre; the western vineyards include those of the small commune of Chavignol ~ not only famous for its wine but also for its goat’s cheese “Crottin de Chavignol” which deservedly has its own AOC.
Domaine Freres Cotat gained a worldwide reputation for its idiosyncratic, complex and age-worthy Sancerre made by brothers Paul and Francis Cotat. Francois Cotat is Paul‘s son. Having inherited 3 hectares of vines, he continues to operate in the family tradition producing characterful Sancerre of great texture and power. The domaine‘s style of Sancerre owes much to its propitiously sited vineyards on Kimmeridgian clay and Caillottes (pebbles). Francois‘ holdings span the steepest slopes of the appellation. Cultivation is arduous and must be done entirely by hand.
Cotat produces wine for enjoying with food (including crottin of course!). François felt that his 2013s possess lower acidity than his 2012s (due in no small part to his decision to pick his 2012s earlier for a fresher style). Followers of the Cotat-style will be pleased to hear that something closer to normal service has been resumed in 2013: these are weightier wines with increased aromatic complexity for medium-term drinking.
Cotat’s 2013s are vinous with lip-smacking, jaw-cracking acidity. These gorgeous Chavignols are brilliant examples of great Sancerre; I would nominate them “Grand Cru” (they are so far-removed from many sauvignon-based wines) and, of course, they are highly recommended. I think you’ll love them too. Keep a bottle (or two) for 20 years and surprise yourself with their aged-quality (1988s are drinking beautifully now and probably have a similar profile to these 2013s).
Sancerre 2013, Caillottes ~ £93 per 6 in bond
= £135 incl VAT per 6 delivered* mainland UK (£22.50 per bottle)
This comes from 15 year-old vines mainly planted on a flatter section of Les Monts Damnés, primarily on the pebbly plateau that stretches into Verdigny. Initially there is a pleasing richness, before the primary grapefruit and lime flavours take over and bring everything in check. The finish is saline and pure, with a prickly, calcareous minerality which lingers. Drink 2015-2023.
Sancerre 2013, Les Monts Damnés ~ £119 per 6 in bond
= £165 incl VAT per 6 delivered* mainland UK (£27.50 per bottle)
There is a real feeling of biting into a grape here, as the sudden burst of ripe, fleshy fruit takes you aback. The juicy white peach flavours then give way to a fine core of mineral tension, with a crisp edge of fennel and anise. This has more structure than the Caillottes and therefore needs a bit more time in the cellar (although it is very tempting now). Drink 2018-2028.
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James Maitland
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Wine List Last Updated: 07/10/2015 17:25:41