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||90 Pts David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate||Size:||750ML
90 Pts David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The Francois Cotat 2011 Sancerre Les Monts Damnes went entirely dry, 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 â 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, but for which I am not prepared to predict the sort of long life-span that one normally associates with wines from this address."
"Given Francois Cotat's (and before that, his father's and uncle's) penchant for late picking and the promoting of textural richness in sweetly ripe Sancerre, 2010 seemed destined to prove an ideal match for this estate, which began harvesting at the end of the first week in October, but did not finish until nearly monthâs end. In the event, the wines that resulted are so diverse - in part extreme, even by estate standards - that generalization is fatuous. Cotat's 2011s are good for some surprises too, again for being so different from one another, but also in how little marked one of their number is by the ripe manifestations of citrus and pit fruits one practically takes for granted at this address. After the 2010 vintage, Francois Cotat with regret pulled out the considerable expanse of impossibly unproductive 65-year-old vines that his grandfather had planted and that had in recent years contributed around 30% by volume to the Grande Cote bottling. But that still leaves vines of around 45 years average, and on their first appearance without their 65 year old elders, that team turned in a memorable 2011 performance." (06/12)
Francois Cotat is about as cult status of a winemaker as you can find...anywhere! These wines are highly sought after, and are only becoming more difficult to find as more folks learn about these incredible wines!
Les Monts Damnes is arguably Sancerre's most important and greatest single vineyard site, and, in the hands of a master like Francois Cotat, the quality is out of this world. The wines possess remarkable acidity along with an explosive kaleidoscope of flavors that goes on for minutes. These wines age effortlessly, and become even more exotic over time. These wines are blockbuster showstoppers that you will not want to miss!