2011 Francois Cotat 'Cuvee Paul' Sancerre, France. 750ml
Named after François father, Cuvée Paul is an incredibly rare wine made from the richest barrel La Grande Côte, set aside as having the greatest potential for ageing. It is not made every year. A hark back to how Chavignol was made in the 40's and 50's it is made from very ripe grapes and shows gentle sweetness and incredible power.
In concert with the fine, stony freshness for which Sancerre is famed there is a wealth of fruit ranging from lively citrus to more tropical notes. Orange peel, lemon oil, pineapple and passion fruit all appear at intervals when left to develop in glass and these would be interesting enough themselves, but the wine is set apart by the undercurrent of exotic spice; cardamom and anise. A rarity for the cellar, this one will live for 50 years !