On Their Own Plane:
2015 François Cotat Les Monts Damnés

Posted by Ian McFadden

Check out the best wine lists or carefully selected cellars and it's a safe bet that you'll 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.​They are singular in their tactile grandeur and incredible longevity.

"Les Monts Damnés," is sourced from perhaps the most famous vineyard in Sancerre - a place that both Vatan and the Cotats have made legend. 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.

Cotat's 2015 Monts Damnés amplifies so much of the layered power and drive that makes the site stand out in the range. 2015 was definitely a riper vintage, but the Monts Damnés shows shocking cut and mineral tension.

Cotat's wines are famous for aging brilliantly for decades. The minerality moves more and more to the forefront, endowing the wines with a talc-like and saline impression. It's always a pleasure to offer.

To order, reply to offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2015 François Cotat Les Monts Damnés