2017 Domaine des Côtes Blanches Sancerre SKU #1356219

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K&L Notes

Domaine Côtes Blanches was established in the 1930s by Bernard and Pierre Millet. In 1980, it was time for the second generation to take the reins, so François and Monique expanded the estate to 21 hectares of vines (15 Sauvignon, 6 Pinot Noir). After returning from his studies in Beaune five years ago, Nicolas (son of François and Monique) joined the family-run estate and brought a new energized passion. The family is dedicated to the land and the environment by which they are surrounded. All farming is done organically, harvest dates are dictated by nature rather than the calendar, and only gravity systems are used in the winemaking--no pumps--and all wines are allowed to rest 6-8 weeks in bottle before release.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This Domaine always produces one the best Sancerres that K&L offers. It is clean and crisp but has a nice round mouth feel in the mid palate. It is classic and should please any fan of Sancerre.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cotes Blanches has come a long way since we started our direct relationship. Each year, under the watchful eye of Nicolas Millet, the wine gains in concentration and intensity. The 2017 vintage was tricky with its frost but that never affected quality, just yields. Full of snappy minerality and salinity, the candied lime peel nose follows with notes of crushed pineapple and green papaya. Full of vibrancy it has all the satisfying markers of delicious Sancerre and because of our relationship, we received a healthy allocation over the next few months. This is the kind of Sancerre you'll drink all summer long and well into the cooler months.
  • Blake Conklin
    By: Blake Conklin
    K&L Staff Member
    To no surprise, the new vintage of Sancerre from Domaine Des Cotes Blanches is awesome. With what seems to be constant consistency, the 2017 has well balanced acidity, and a fine touch of minerality. While it would be a perfect summer sipper, I'm okay with drinking this year round and probably eating a butt load of oysters on the side. Definitely worth a whirl.
  • Kaj Stromer
    By: Kaj Stromer
    K&L Staff Member
    I consider myself an unabashed Sancerre enthusiast. Few wines provide me with more thirst quenching refreshment than a chilled glass of Sancerre. The wine has been the toast of Paris and a staple of the French bistro for as long as I can remember. This is for good reason as the wine is crisp, refreshing, savory, and finishes long and clean. I especially appreciate the mineral dimension on the finish of this particular bottle of wine. I think I’ll put a bottle in the fridge tonight.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    The Cotes Blanches is a wonderful bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. Not only does it have some great fruit up front, but also a great line of acidity that will keep you refreshed and coming back for more. The 2017 is nearly exotic on the nose, with some nearly pineapple like notes peeking through. The minerality of the finish is unmistakably Loire Valley, and makes it an easy wine to drink.
  • Greg St. Clair
    By: Greg St. Clair
    K&L Staff Member
    The nose is full of ripe, Bosc pear and doesn’t show any herbaceous or grassiness that one would expect with Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate the wine is exceptionally well balance that rich, texture is speared by a vibrant acidity while the flavors return to the Bosc pear but coupled with a great minerality. The finish is very clean, vibrant and seems to cry out for shellfish.
    Drink from 2018 to 2020
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    What's better for warm Summer weather than fresh, juicy Sancerre Blanc? Fresh and flinty, almost tropical in nature, this wine is crushable, but sophisticated at the same time. White flower notes complement the zippy acidity and the stony soils give drive and length.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Always a bit juicier and rounder than other comparably priced Sancerre, I feel like in the 2017 vintage these style points are all the more apparent at this domaine. The fruit is rather tropical, nearly heading in a guava like direction, though it still retains good acidity and the overall balance we all hope for in a Sancerre. This is an easy pick to enjoy well chilled on its own, or with a large green salad, a nice loaf of Tartine bread and your favorite Sonoma or Loire Valley goat cheese.


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