2017 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre

SKU #1356219 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is an intense, tightly structured wine. Very mineral in character, it is as much about texture as about fruit. It needs some aging to fill out the fruitiness. (RV)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Domaine Côtes Blanches was established in the 1930s by Bernard and Pierre Millet. In 1980, it was time for the second generation to take the reins, so François and Monique expanded the estate to 21 hectares of vines (15 Sauvignon, 6 Pinot Noir). After returning from his studies in Beaune five years ago, Nicolas (son of François and Monique) joined the family-run estate and brought a new energized passion. The family is dedicated to the land and the environment by which they are surrounded. All farming is done organically, harvest dates are dictated by nature rather than the calendar, and only gravity systems are used in the winemaking--no pumps--and all wines are allowed to rest 6-8 weeks in bottle before release.

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By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2018 | Send Email
This Domaine always produces one the best Sancerres that K&L offers. It is clean and crisp but has a nice round mouth feel in the mid palate. It is classic and should please any fan of Sancerre.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2018 | Send Email
The Cotes Blanches has come a long way since we started our direct relationship. Each year, under the watchful eye of Nicolas Millet, the wine gains in concentration and intensity. The 2017 vintage was tricky with its frost but that never affected quality, just yields. Full of snappy minerality and salinity, the candied lime peel nose follows with notes of crushed pineapple and green papaya. Full of vibrancy it has all the satisfying markers of delicious Sancerre and because of our relationship, we received a healthy allocation over the next few months. This is the kind of Sancerre you'll drink all summer long and well into the cooler months.

By: Blake Conklin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2018 | Send Email
To no surprise, the new vintage of Sancerre from Domaine Des Cotes Blanches is awesome. With what seems to be constant consistency, the 2017 has well balanced acidity, and a fine touch of minerality. While it would be a perfect summer sipper, I'm okay with drinking this year round and probably eating a butt load of oysters on the side. Definitely worth a whirl.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/18/2018 | Send Email
I consider myself an unabashed Sancerre enthusiast. Few wines provide me with more thirst quenching refreshment than a chilled glass of Sancerre. The wine has been the toast of Paris and a staple of the French bistro for as long as I can remember. This is for good reason as the wine is crisp, refreshing, savory, and finishes long and clean. I especially appreciate the mineral dimension on the finish of this particular bottle of wine. I think I’ll put a bottle in the fridge tonight.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
The Cotes Blanches is a wonderful bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Not only does it have some great fruit up front, but also a great line of acidity that will keep you refreshed and coming back for more. The 2017 is nearly exotic on the nose, with some nearly pineapple like notes peeking through. The minerality of the finish is unmistakably Loire Valley, and makes it an easy wine to drink.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
The nose is full of ripe, Bosc pear and doesn’t show any herbaceous or grassiness that one would expect with Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate the wine is exceptionally well balance that rich, texture is speared by a vibrant acidity while the flavors return to the Bosc pear but coupled with a great minerality. The finish is very clean, vibrant and seems to cry out for shellfish.
Drink from 2018 to 2020

By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
What's better for warm Summer weather than fresh, juicy Sancerre Blanc? Fresh and flinty, almost tropical in nature, this wine is crushable, but sophisticated at the same time. White flower notes complement the zippy acidity and the stony soils give drive and length.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/17/2018 | Send Email
Always a bit juicier and rounder than other comparably priced Sancerre, I feel like in the 2017 vintage these style points are all the more apparent at this domaine. The fruit is rather tropical, nearly heading in a guava like direction, though it still retains good acidity and the overall balance we all hope for in a Sancerre. This is an easy pick to enjoy well chilled on its own, or with a large green salad, a nice loaf of Tartine bread and your favorite Sonoma or Loire Valley goat cheese.

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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.


- 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.


- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 13