The Loire Valley’s longest-lived, most complex Sancerres come from the region’s famed terres blanches soils. This “white earth” is the southwestern-most extension of the same vein of Kimmeridgian rock that gives great Chablis its hallmark minerality and nerve.
Long-lived is the operative word here. Patience is required to get the most out of the greatest terres blanches-sourced Sancerres, just as it is with a Dauvissat or Raveneau Chablis. But for those willing to wait, a top example can be one of France’s most riveting white wines.
Loire insiders know that one of the most ageworthy and complex Sancerres of all is François Cotat’s amazing La Grande Côte. Along with Edmond Vatan’s Clos la Néore and the wines of Domaine Pinard, it is uniquely revered and sought-after by Sancerre devotees. And the wine disappears from the market soon after release.
But we can offer a few rare five-vintage sets of this extraordinary wine for just $359.
Thoroughly Old School
Cotat’s La Grande Côte is sourced from the domaine’s old vines on a nearly vertical, south-facing slope of pure Kimmeridgian rock in the village of Amigny.
Through his family’s time-honored méthode ancienne—pruning his vines to half the yield of his neighbors, harvesting late for full ripeness, fermenting with the native yeasts, aging his wines in 50- to 150-year-old foudre and bottling without filtration—François makes the absolute most of this magical terroir.
It’s a Sancerre that has few peers for richness, longevity and complexity when finally mature. And in recent vintages it has reached spectacular heights.
Cotat’s La Grande Cote is one of the great collectibles of Sancerre and always difficult to track down: there are only about a half-dozen merchants in the United States that are currently offer any vintage of Grande Cote, let alone six bottles at 10% below what you'd likely pay elsewhere, that is, if you could find them. But you’ll want to hurry, as we have few sets to go around.
Contains 2 bts of 2009 and
1 bt each of 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013
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