Multi-Dimensional, Benchmark Sancerre: 2013 F. Cotat Sancerre Culs de Beaujeu

Posted by Ian McFadden

Multi-Dimensional, Benchmark Sancerre
2013 François Cotat Sancerre Culs de Beaujeu

François Cotat's Sancerres are like nothing else.

Along with his cousin Pascal and Edmond Vatan, François is a benchmark of Sancerre.

His wines cast Sauvignon Blanc in a singular light and evolve in the cellar in absolutely shocking and beautiful ways. Bottles of Cotat at 15 or 20 years can be heartbreaking.

Last year, I was blown away by a Cotat that was just over a decade old. I immediately looked at my inventory and was filled with regret for not owning more Cotat. I've been trying to correct my folly ever since.

Now that spring is finally under way, it seemed like the perfect time to offer out this parcel of Cotat.

When it comes to Sancerre, Cotat's village of Chavignol is a very special place. Chavignol is absolutely defined by its terroir: Kimmeridgian marl (the same soil as parts of Chablis) that imbues the wine with Chablis-like minerality. With age, it's the terroir that comes to dominate with a blatant minerality.

Culs de Beaujeu has always impressed me as being the most textured of his bottlings. Along with its emphatic, talc-like impression of minerality, there's an incredibly nuanced layering of herbs, citrus, smoke and yellow plums.

I'm a big fan of the 2013 Culs de Beaujeu. I really like how the modest, well-judged ripeness delivers a subtle, multi-dimensional complexity with a strikingly gripping and mineral palate presence. The structure and textural impact make me really hopeful about how this wine will age.

Cotat's work has established his wines as some of the most compelling and singular for decades. They are inspiring wines. I encourage you to take advantage of the special 4-pack pricing to watch this evolve in the cellar.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2013 François Cotat
Sancerre Culs de Beaujeu