Crossing into the tiny, picturesque village of Chavignol we very much leave Sancerre in the rear-view. The painfully steep Kimmerdgian limestone slopes define this appellation, one where Sauvignon Blanc is known for its atypical style and wild transformative capabilities in bottle. François and Pascal Cotat, (along with Vatan) are where the enthusiasm for Chavignol reaches its fever pitch.

Today's offer from these, the most collectible and age-worthy wines of the appellation, feature back-vintages, magnums, and the ultra-rare Sancerre Rougefrom 2010 and 2015.


Cotat wines stand out for their unusually high ripeness for Sancerre, while effortlessly maintaining a taut mineral backbone. In their youth they have a disciplined structure that's impossible to resist falling for, as it's such a departure from common Sancerre.It's as if a Lincoln Town Car Sauvignon Blanc was traded in for a Porsche - Precision, fine-tuning, and raw power awaits.

With age we see a transformation that has no rivals in the world of white wine. Sauvignon Blanc's citrus, herbaceous, and grassy characteristics mysteriously vanish. Acidity settles, flavors become more rounded, showing jasmine and faint honey notes. In the end you're left with what can only be described as Chavignol.


These are beloved by collectors for their ability to age like top White Burgundy. Bottles I tasted at the domain with François from 2002 and 1998 seemed no older than just a few years, both showing only a pale straw color. 

Between the two sites below, La Grand Côte offers the more deep and broadly textured wine. While Les Monts Damnés ("Damned Mountain") showcases a more mineral component and linear quality. 

Pascal and François Cotat have a unique back story, as the two domaines were once the same. Due to French property law the single estate was split, and today each heads their own eponymous domaine. The wines have nearly identical labels, with the exception of the first name.

François Cotat has less than one hectare of Pinot Noir vines. He produces a thrilling rosé from this parcel and sometimes he chooses to produce a red wine. 2010 was excellent throughout Sancerre, and back-vintage Cotat rouge is something I've never come across until today's offer.


1x 2005 François Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte
$92 per bottle.

4x 2007 François Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte 1.5L
$237 per bottle.


3x 2010 François Cotat Sancerre Rouge
$99 per bottle.


1x 2013 Francois Cotat Sancerre La Grand Côte 1.5L
$149 per bottle.

1x 2013 Francois Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés 1.5L
$144 per bottle.

3x 2014 Pascal Cotat Sancerre La Grande Côte
$69 per bottle.


12x 2015 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Rouge
$68 per bottle.

5x 2015 Pascal Cotat Chavignol Sancerre Rosé
$55 per bottle.

9x 2016 François Cotat Chavignol Sancerre Caillottes
$54 per bottle.

12x 2016 François Cotat Chavignol Sancerre La Grand Côte
$78 per bottle.

10x 2016 François Cotat Chavignol Sancerre Les Monts Damnés
$68 per bottle.

23x 2016 François Cotat Chavignol Sancerre Rosé
$51 per bottle.

2x 2016 Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnés
$57 per bottle.