The Other Side of Cotat:
2016 François Cotat Sancerre Les Caillottes

Posted by Ian McFadden

When you taste through François Cotat's line-up, Caillottes is a clear outlier.

If Grande Côte and Monts Damnes wow with their layered intensity and longevity, Caillottes impresses with its agility, lithe frame and linear minerality.

This is the Cotat bottling that we drink most often and our favorite Cotat bottling to drink young. Caillottes shows brilliantly young and still possesses good aging potential.

The name Caillottes refers to the terroir - it's composed of pebbly limestone nearly devoid of soil. Caillottes soils are are known for producing tightly coiled wines.

As you might guess, Cotat takes the lean, stony framework that Caillottes provides and endows it with a subtle depth of complexity. It's a wine that's gorgeously fresh and finessed, with a piercing, laser-like precision.

The 2016 possesses a dense, tactile minerality. There's such punch and rigor to the wine. The vintage really amplified all of Caillottes signature qualities in a thrilling way. You get plenty of citrus and mineral energy, but there's a gripping presence and a subtle building complexity that really flourishes on the long finish.

This is where value and refreshment is in Cotat's line-up. We created special 4-pack pricing, because this is something that you'll reach for often throughout the warm months. François Cotat is one of the greats of Sancerre and the 2016 shows his skill in top form.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits