Sancerre, Caillotes, 2010

  François Cotat

Sancerre, Caillotes

Bright and breezy, fresh crisp and juicy flavours of ripe red apple, greengage, citrus, herb and tinges of asparagus, a mid-weight, vibrant Sancerre of great character and energy. “Les Caillotes” comes from two relatively young vineyard parcels with similar rocky limestone soils, the wine is usually the first one of the Cotat range to be ready for drinking.

Contains Sulphites.

About François Cotat

François’ pursuit of making wine naturally without any kind of human manipulation in the cellars can result in some of the most striking and honest examples of Sauvignon Blanc in the world that are true to nature, vintage and terroir. Allowing a natural balance to be achieved in his wine can often, unfortunately, go against the INAO grain. In 2002 François’ wines fermented above the INAO’s maximum 13% and had to be labelled Vin de Table. The same applied to François’ 2003s, which had too much residual sugar in them to be labelled Sancerre, as was the case in 1998.

Appellation: Sancerre

On the opposite banks of the Loire from Pouilly sits Sancerre. Whilst much of what is grown in Sancerre can be of variable quality, there are enough good growers to ensure it is also home to some of the greatest of France's Sauvignon Blancs. Cotat, Crochet, Pinard all domonstrate this, with the last two also producing some particularly fine and haunting red sancerre from Pinot Noir.

Grape Type: Sauvignon Blanc

There are various styles of Sauvignon Blanc from the fragrant, fresh Loire Valley style reminiscent of cut-grass, gooseberry, flint and nettles, to the contrasting Bordeaux-style, often blended with Semillon and Muscadelle and barrel-fermented to produce the richer, if less assertive, food friendly dry whites of Pessac-Leognan in the Graves. At the same time, it is also a vital component in the sweet, rich and luscious whites of Sauternes and Barsac. As a dry wine it has sprung to particular fame in New Zealand where it is made in a very pungent, expressive style with notes of kiwi passion fruit and mango. While South Africa has also had great success with the variety. Generally considered for youthful consumption, age-worthy examples can be found in Bordeaux, and the Loire from the likes of Didier Dagueneau and François Cotat.