The Cotat family in Chavignol is legendary for its wines for their Sancerres. Their wines are profoundly complex and can be incredibly long lived, being made from very old vines planted on the incredibly steep slopes above the village. Quantities available are generally very small and much sought after.
Domaine Pascal Cotat is a small 2.5 hectare domaine that is a great example of a “vin de garage”, Pascal also being the proprietor of the local Peugeot garage in Sancerre. This domaine started after the French government ruled that “independent producers” not sell the same wine under two different labels. Pascal’s father and uncle had been doing this, sharing the family’s vineyards and winery to produce wines that they each sold under their own label. Pascal’s father and uncle decided to use this change as an opportunity to retire and hand their vineyards over to their respective sons Pascal and François. who split up the vineyard holding and started up their own labels.
What you taste in every bottle is pure terroir - and considering the soils here are identical to the "mother rock" in Chablis, we're talking chalk-rich, firecracker-fresh Sauvignon, with both the body and the structure for a very long life. Always bottled unfined and unfiltered, and always very, very limited.
Brothers Francis and Paul decided to retire and turn their vineyards over to their sons, Pascal (son of Francis) and Francois (son of Paul). Pascal and Francois separated their production in order to avoid the same problems their fathers had experienced. Francois continues to operate in the family cellar while Pascal has recently built new cellars. To this day, Pascal Cotat's name is synonymous with Sancerre. They exhibit their own flare, creating wines that are somewhat non-traditional, and have great impact.