I've always had a soft spot for Culs de Beaujeu.
The way that it comes off as saturating, poised and vividly stony is supremely compelling.
Compared to Monts Damnes and Grande Cote, Culs de Beaujeu works on a more compact scale and has a more tightly coiled framework.
Culs de Beaujeu is a very steep vineyard in the area of Chavignol, which is considered Sancerre's best village. Chavignol sits on Kimmeridgian marl, the same soil as parts of Chablis. This terroir contributes greatly to Cotat's singular, tactile Sancerres.
The 2017 is a riper vintage with gripping presence plus a bright and lifted profile. It has a super-clear layered power and drive. The wine really impresses with its saturated and gripping expression.
Cotat's wines are famous for aging brilliantly for years. With time minerality moves more and more to the forefront, endowing the wines with a talc-like and saline impression.
For decades, Cotat's Sancerres have stood as the pinnacle of the appellation. Taste bottles of François Cotat with a healthy amount of time in the cellar and their prominence only becomes more clear.The 2017 Culs de Beaujeu has all the markings of a distance runner.
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