Pascal Cotat Sancerre Les Monts Damnes 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France

Item No. 102339
  • white wine
  • boutique wine
  • ST92
  • RP90
Style: Fruity & Smooth

Wine Style Guide

Light & Crisp

Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.

Fruity & Smooth

Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.

Rich & Creamy

Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.

Ratings Pedigree:
  • 2006
  • WS90
  • 2005
  • RP93
  • ST92
  • 2004
  • ST92
  • 2003
  • RP92
  • 2002
  • RP92
  • ST91
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Winemaker's Notes

Like the starting gun of the 100 meter dash, this wine is a shock of flint and smoke from its perfume to its zesty body. Pascal's 35-year-old vines deliver concentrated yet very fresh Sauvignon; notes of white flowers, black pepper and pear skins show on the linear yet precise nose. The mouth is all Cotat—poached pears, touches of sea salt and peach blossoms are rich, lush and wonderfully savory. The finish lingers with ginger and cinnamon notes. A racy, lively and very supple "Monts Damnés."

Critical Acclaim

"Pale yellow. Deep, mineral-inflected aromas of pear, quince, anise and white flowers. Round and expansive in the mouth, offering deep orchard fruit flavors and complicating notes of succulent herbs and flowers. Manages to be both rich and energetic, finishing with excellent thrust and lingering minerality. This wine has a great track record for rewarding cellaring."
92 Points

"Narcissus, fresh lemon, nettle, and intimations of chalk in the nose of Pascal Cotat's 2008 Sancerre Les Monts Damnes lead to bright, mouth-watering, practically spine-tingling and yet extract rich and substantial palate. Finishing with brash citricity, bitter hints of huckleberry and lemon pip, and minerality of a sort you lick your lips in vain to remove, this handsomely lean, muscular Monts Damnes (truly dry, at 2 grams residual sugar) should prove fascinating and versatile over the coming 4-6 years. "
90 Points

Learn About Pascal Cotat

From gear head, to grape man. While Pascal Cotat's first passion may have been restoring old cars, wine-especially his family's Sauvignon Blanc-was a fast second. No one can doubt that winemaking runs in the blood of the Cotat family. On the slopes of the Monts Damnes in Chavignol, the family has tended both Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir since the end of the second World War....

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Learn About Loire

It's unfortunate that this region is so under appreciated and overlooked - the wines from the Loire Valley are outstanding. They are delicious examples of varietal and soil expression and the wide range of wines is so refreshing. Dry, sweet, sparkling, red, white… all represented here in the Loire. The main white grapes are Chenin Blanc, Muscadet and Sauvignon Blanc. For reds...

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Learn About Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon Blanc (so-veen-YAWN blahnk) One of the most distinctive grapes, Sauvignon Blanc is a highly aromatic variety that does well in both the old and new world. From the Loire Valley of France to Marlborough in New Zealand, Sauvignon Blanc has found many regions that bring out its unique and delicious flavors. Notable Facts Sauvignon Blanc's home...

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