2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre

SKU #1297388

We were first introduced to the wines of Eric Cottat a few years back. He was brought to our attention by one of our long-time friends and winemakers in Sancerre and we brought in a small amount as that was all we were allowed to take at the time. Eric is a one-man show and only produces a small amount of wines each vintage for family, friends, and close customers, and then sells the rest of his fruit off to other eager producers in the region. This Sancerre blanc is always invigorating and fresh, with lemony citrus aromas and flavors accented by delicate white flowers. The palate is full and fresh, with balanced acidity and minerality on the finish. This a style of wine that keeps your palate fresh and alive. Although easy to drink, it has complexity and intrigue up and down the aromatic and palate. You'll want another after the first one has disappeared. Open and enjoy tonight with seafood or fish dishes.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/1/2018 | Send Email
My visit last year with Eric Cottat was brief but memorable. He has become one of our most desirable producers in Sancerre with each release selling out shortly after it arrives. Eric works his vineyards sustainably with an unerring eye for detail and minimal intervention in the winemaking. This is our last call on the 2016 Eric Cottat Sancerre with its profile of grapefruit, lemon zest, gooseberry and chalky minerality. It is quite pleasurable with its vibrant acidity and crunchy finish.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/28/2018 | Send Email
One of the friendliest Sancerres that K&L sells. It always has a touch more fruit and is a shade less biting, but it is Sancerre so there is crisp acidity, talc-y minerality and cool citrusy fruit. Always great with a meal but not so austere that it cannot be enjoyed as an aperitif.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2018 | Send Email
Eric Cottat is always my favorite DI Sancerre we carry year in and year out, and unfortunately, it always seems to be the one that sells out the fastest so I may not be alone in my opinion. The balance of fruit, minerality, and acid are always in spectacular balance with his wines and they tend to go with everything. The 2016 vintage shows more a little leaner fruit than the previous vintage which makes me super happy. This is a serious and seriously good wine especially given the price.

Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/21/2017 | Send Email
This is a lovely wine from the Loire Valley in France. It is full of lively acidity, pretty aromatics of delicate white flowers, and fresh squeezed citrus. A great paring with fresh shellfish.

Staff Image By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/28/2017 | Send Email
Even in a classic vintage like 2016 this bottling always seems a bit more generous and open than most other Sancerres. This is filled with lemon blossom, honeyed citrus, crushed melon and a mouth watering finish of talc-like mineral. A best buy for sure.

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Varietal:

Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.