Patient Cottat Sancerre Anciennes Vignes 2012

Sauvignon Blanc from Loire, France

Item No. 127653
  • white wine
  • WE90
  • 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.

Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Ratings Pedigree:

Winemaker's Notes

Clear golden with green reflections. Complex and intense. Prevailing aromas of acacia blossoms with a Muscat-like notse of passionfruit.

Wonderful as an aperitif or with fish.

Critical Acclaim

"From 50+-year-old vines, the fresh, lively, medium-bodied 2012 Sancerre Vieilles Vignes was aged completely in tank. The tiny yields and old vines are resulted in a certain intensity and richness that one rarely sees in Sancerre. Notes of melons, figs and a salty sea breeze-sort of character emerge from this fresh, lively white. It should drink beautifully for another 2-4 years."
90 Points

"Despite its modest acidity, this is a rich, overwhelmingly herbaceous wine. It has red currant and intense citrus flavors and considerable concentration. This white wine needs at least six months before drinking."
90 Points

Learn About Patient Cottat

Situated in the small village of Verdigny in the Sancerre region, the Fournier family has been making wine for many generations. The estate has grown from 5 hectares in 1950 to almost 30 hectares today, divided over the appellations of Mentou Salon, Pouilly-Fume and Sancerre. The improvement made in vinification techniques and the permanent concern about quality result in well-balanced wines of great diversity.

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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