Don’t Blink: 2018 Cotat

Posted on: 09/19/19 7:23 PM

No one makes Sauvignon Blanc like the Cotat cousins. In the same vein as Edmond Vatan (his Sancerre is much harder to find and twice more expensive) these are some of the Loire’s and France’s most singular and brilliant wines. Featuring tactile layers of kaleidoscopic fruit and seemingly multi-dimensional minerality, a night with either Francois or Pascal’s Sancerre is always an experience.
2018 was a legendary year in the Loire–opulent yet supported by generous acidity–these wines will sell out (as they always do) very, very quickly. These are extremely limited allocations so do make sure to get your order in FAST!
HIghly Limited:

2018 Francois Cotat Sancerre Culs de Beaujeu
2018 Francois Cotat Sancerre Monts Damnés 
2018 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Monts Damnés
2018 Pascal Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte
2017 Francois Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte

More About the Wine

Every year pickers come from all over Europe volunteer for the Cotat harvest. If you were lucky enough to join either cousin, two things would jump out at you: The first is the profound dizzying steepness of their vineyards (all considered the best in Sancerre and Chavignol). The second is the crazy number of seat cushions and ropes scattered around the vineyards. It is a picking system only the Cotats could have drummed up.

One is to slide down outrageously steep plots with a cushion tied to your rear while desperately holding onto a bucket in front of you. Colorful, a bit outrageous, but also rooted in old fashioned hand picking, this system provides us a very clear insight into what makes both cousins so special to the world of wine: pragmatic, old school, simple … and sort of just weird. That weird thing is what I am harping on here. Because, yes, both cousins are extremely talented and yes, they both have parcels in the best vineyards in the world to grow Sauvignon Blanc, but it’s also more than that. Both Francois and Pascal are guided by a compass that few are gifted with. Where it takes them is a blessing to everyone that enjoys wine.

Posted in Daily Flash By Tim Sellon