2016 Sancerre, Les Monts Damnes, Domaine Francois Cotat, Chavignol

With 14.5% alcohol recognizable primarily in sheer volume conveyed on a polished, richly lees-endowed palate, but also in a bit of finishing heat. Scents – and thereafter, bitter-sweetly pungent palate presence – of coriander, cardamom, caraway and sage, are allied to succulent Persian melon and lightly cooked apple. There is a faint suggestion of sweetness, reportedly a function of the alcohol and fruit personality rather than above-threshold residual sugar. This finishes with impressive persistence, even if – as already noted – with a touch of heat. It is another Cotat wine of its vintage whose evolution I would be very curious to follow.


Loire, France



Grape Variety:

Sauvignon Blanc

Awards and Reviews:

Rated 90 / 100, Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate