The Pinnacle of Sancerre: 2017 François Cotat Chavignol La Grande Côte

Posted by Joe Salamone

The Grande Côte, the famed site within Sancerre’s Chavignol area, is where Sauvignon Blanc reaches its pinnacle.

This is one of the grandest, most profound and longest lived Sancerres on the earth.

Cotat's entire lineup offers mind-bending complexity and longevity, but Grande Côte is the stand out in terms of intricacy and powerful, tactile minerality.

The Grande Côte is a steep vineyard that sits on hard Kimmeridgian limestone, the very same vein that runs through Chablis. As one might expect, the grapes grown here produce wines of energy, precision, and Chablis-like minerality.

In François Cotat’s hands, the heights to which this wine can reach seems endless. An aged bottle is unmatched in depth, elegance, and stony complexity. They’re simply jaw-dropping.

The 2017 vintage drives this point home. The vintage captures the soaring scale of Grande Côte with stunning precision. The wine weaves together notes of meyer lemon, herbs, and flowers, and there’s an electric minerality that's simply thrilling.

Cotat’s Grande Côte is a favorite among collectors and this vintage unquestionably deserves a place in the cellar. Its popularity also makes it the hardest of his wines to find in quantity.

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Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer
Crush Wine & Spirits