A Monument From The Damned Mountain:
2016 François Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés

Posted by Ian McFadden

François Cotat's Sancerres are singular in their tactile grandeur and incredible longevity.

This goes a long way in explaining why when you check out the best wine lists or carefully selected cellars, you're almost certain to find François Cotat's wines.

The wines really exist on their own plane. Only the Sancerres of Vatan and François' cousin Pascal are held in a similar regard.

The 2016 is an epic version of Monts Damnés. It's rare to witness the wine working on this scale and grandeur of mineral-laden architecture.

"Les Monts Damnés" is sourced from perhaps the most famous vineyard in Sancerre - a place that both Vatan, the Cotats and Gerald Boulay have made legendary. The “damned mountains” are so-named because of their steepness and how difficult they are to work. When you see a picture of Monts Damnés, it's obvious that this is great terroir.

Monts Damnés is on Kimmeridgian marl, the same soil as parts of Chablis and the Aube in southern Champagne. There's a core of distinctive minerality to all of these wines -- something that Monts Damnés really flaunts with age.

The 2016 has a particularly gripping and penetrating minerality. The 2016 vintage offers a level of concentration that makes the unique Kimmeridgian minerality feel like it has been distilled down to its essence. You get a really lovely tactile chalky grip along with cut and layered, very vivid notes of stone fruits, spice and citrus.

Cotat's wines are famous for aging brilliantly for decades. The sheer density and cool fruited character will make this an absolutely fascinating Monts Damnés to follow. We created special 4-pack pricing for this reason.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits