2017 Florent Cosme "La Motte" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1401140 91 points Wine Spectator

 Aromas of honey and chamomile mark this ripe, fruit-forward white, underscored by vibrant acidity and savory mineral details. The persistent, mouthwatering aftertaste invites you back for another sip. Shows potential, but there's no reason to wait. Drink now through 2027. (JM)  (5/2019)

K&L Notes

91 points from Winedoctor.com: "The parcel La Motte is on the première côte in Noizay, upriver from Vernou-sur-Brenne and Vouvray. The soils are clay and flint, the vines of varying age although some date back to the 1930s. This was fermented fairly dry, with just 6 g/l residual sugar remaining, and the élevage was ten months in barrel. Aromatically this is floral and fresh, with notes of perfumed chalk. The palate is appropriately cool and restrained, with quietly spoken nuances of white peach skin and green pear, underpinned by a bright acid backbone. Stretched over this there is a fresh seam of vanilla, but it is the energy and bitter substance that really defines the palate. Overall, this is a crisp but well polished style; give it a year or two and I suspect it could be lovely." (Chris Kissack; 12/2018)

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By: Elsa Baez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/24/2019 | Send Email
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If you're looking for an alternative to Domaine Huet's demi-sec vouvray this wine is a great one to try. As a demi-sec, it does show notes of sweetness, but it is cut with acid which is pleasurable as it provides a nice backbone to the wine. It also has notes of apple, pear and some subtle earthy notes, which provides complexity and something different than any other vouvray I've tried thus far. I would buy a few just to cellar as it definitely has aging capability. A great price for a fantastic wine!

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2019 | Send Email
These new Cosme wines are a real revelation for anyone who appreciates the versatile character of Chenin Blanc. While this is certainly in the "typical" style there's nothing typical about the incredible depth and complexity delivered by Cosme's wines for your dollar. The sec is brimming with vibrant freshness. Hints of lemon oil, green apple skins, pungent honeysuckle and a smidge of flinty mist behind. The palate it's medium but textured and cut right into by an incredible tension. This is really why Vouvray is considered one of the best in the world, but you typically have to spend 2 times this price. A great deal and the perfect thing to have stocks of for versatile summer drinking.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2019 | Send Email
This is for the friend who only drinks dry wines, who swears there's not a sweet wine they like in the world. Florent Cosme is an incredibly talented vineyard manager turned incredibly talented winemaker who understands grapes and land and makes wines that express both wonderfully. The marriage of sweetness and acid in this is what sweeter wines are all about, and the rich floral bouquet is a beauty of hibiscus and white pear. Drink now, drink often.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/20/2019 | Send Email
The wines of Florent Cosme are beautiful pure expressions of the Vouvray region. The "La Motte" hums with flavors of green apple and kumquat and finishes dry with a subtle flinty note and crackling acidity. It is youthful, and a couple of years in the cellar would not be amiss, but it is a striking wine now that craves creamy cheeses or will cut through any rich pork or duck dishes.

By: Robert Cash | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/12/2019 | Send Email
The 2017 Florent Cosme "La Motte" Vouvray Sec is a wonderfully delicious Loire valley white. This 100% Chenin Blanc is Certified biodynamic and sourced from 40 year old vines. It has a pretty nose of white flowers and stone fruit. Crisp, round and racy on the palate. Very food friendly.

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


- 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.