Whites - Sauvignon Blanc
Francois Cotat Mont Damnes Sancerre 2022
Where - Loire Valley, France
What - Sauvignon Blanc
Body - Medium
Style - Contemplate
The wines of Francois Cotat are Sauvignon Blanc but as you know it. With an intensity, complexity and mineral drive (thanks to it's Kimmeridgian soils and incredibly low yields) that's more akin to Grand Cru Chablis, the Cotat family have been producing wines here since the 1940s.
From a plot just over 1 hectare in size in Les Monts Damnés, the imposing sweep of vineyards that look down driectly upon Chavignol. This has a deeper tone and pitch than the 'Caillotes' and perhaps a touch more concentration. François’s Monts Damnés is clearly the best example of this famous Cru. Reflecting the excellent vintage, this wine is cool and compact, a taut, tightly coiled core of briny minerality; such tension, and exquisite balance. Superb and needs time, plenty of time. A rare and iconic wine in the Loire and for good reason - Importer Notes