2008 Patient Cottat "Le Grand Caillou" Sauvignon Blanc

SKU #1059653

Sancerre at half the price!! The Fournier family, with roots as deep as their vines in this region seem to be related to just about everyone in some way and have for generations been farming and producing wines in Sancerre. We are pleased to have been offered this wine, yet again, at such a great price. Soft, subtle mineral notes are wrapped up in aromatics of melon and citrus. Clean, bright and refreshing, this is a perfect little Sauvignon Blanc to enjoy while having a lite lunch in the afternoon sun or getting your evening kicked off.

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By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/24/2010  | Send Email
An absolute no brainer! Bright, clean, crisp Sancerre-like Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley for $10.99!? Sign me up...

By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/17/2010  | Send Email
The Patient Cottat is back, and while not the phenomenon that was the 2007, this is ridiculously good juice for the moola. The lime skin, snap pea, fresh mowed grass, hint of lemon oil and tons of crushed rock and wet stone on crisp frame with racy acidity scream "I'm really freakin' good Sancerre dammit, why am I only 11 bucks?!?". Lucky for us, it more or less is Sancerre, but at this price I can recommend it wholeheartedly for any day of the week that ends in "y", especially if fish, chicken or tofu are involved. Sante! CM

By: Jeremy Bohrer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/29/2010  | Send Email
Clean, bright and refreshing. Perfect for the Santa Anna wind weather that is approaching here in Southern California. Grab a glass pop a cork and enjoy.

By: Jeff Garneau |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/31/2010  | Send Email
For me, Sancerre is the quintessential expression of Sauvignon Blanc. But, regrettably, most sell for $20 or more. This vin de pay from the Loire Valley is 100% Sauvignon Blanc and a dead ringer for a Sancerre at half the price. Classic musky/spicy, "sauvage" character. Very fresh tart citrus fruit. Intensely stony/flinty. A delight to drink and a genuine value.
Top Value!

By: Christie Brunick |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 8/11/2010  | Send Email
One of my favorite Sauvignon Blancs from the Loire for a fraction of the price! If your looking for bright, refreshing, citrus-melon ripened fruit, with great minerality and mouthwatering acid look no further! And the best thing is that you can fool all your friends with a Sancerre look alike and your wallet stays full!

 By: GZ |  Review Date: 9/19/2011 
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Minerally, with citrus - very easy to drink!

 By: Denise Eliot |  Review Date: 12/14/2010 
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The rating of 4 is based on price for flavor. Quite a bargain. This is a delicious wine to share with friends, great for an aperitif. Lots of flavor in a wine that manages to seem a little sweet but dry at the same time. Its pretty low alcohol content means you can entertain beautifully with it or while away some time pleasantly.

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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.
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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.
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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.