2019 Francois Cotat Sancerre Les Caillotes (750ml)15 4 0 0
Francois Cotat produces idiosyncratic, complex and ageworthy Sancerres from his tiny 7 acre estate in the prized Chavignol commune. It has a unique type of soil called “terres blanches". The region is on a chalk plateau (similar to Chablis) with clay and limestone soils. The top vineyards, Monts Damnés, Grande Côte, and Les Culs de Beaujeu, are perched on incredibly steep hillsides with very little topsoil. Cultivation is arduous and must be done entirely by hand. The grapes are late-picked for maximum flavour. In the winery, François adopts a very traditional, non-interventionist approach - barrel-fermenting the juice in old demi-muids using natural yeasts. His policy of minimal intervention is meant to allow the individual vineyards to speak for themselves.
Very little of these cult wines are produced. In the best vintages, they are said to live for more than 50 years.
Les Caillotes is east of Mont Dames. It is a flatter vineyard of chalk and limestone. Vines are 15+ years old. Lots of citrus flesh and zest, stone fruits and salinity. A great introduction to Francois Cotat's wines.