Pierre Cotton

Pierre Cotton is just getting started with his domaine, but already the potential is clearly tremendous. The Sanvers family have been farming and producing wine at the same chai in Odenas since 1856. Legend has it that the large chai with its cavernous cellars was built in the 18th century to make the wines for the nearby Chateau de Pierreux, and over the years it has housed a rotating group of producers. Today, Pierre and his parents are the sole producers to make wine here. After working for a short stint as a motorcycle mechanic, Pierre spent two years in the Loire Valley before returning to the domaine. In 2014, he reclaimed 1 hectare of Côte de Brouilly for his first cuvée – 100% Cotton. In 2015, he reclaimed another 2 hectares of Brouilly from the family holdings, and in 2016, he purchased 1 hectare of Regnié, and 1 hectare of Beaujolais. Starting in 2017, he will harvest 0.3 HA of Beaujolais Blanc on a unique vein of limestone near the domaine, with the possibility to plant more Blanc in the future.

Wines

Beaujolais

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Gamay. Parcel: From 3 parcels around Charentay. Vine Age: 30 years on average. Size: 2 ha. Soil: various but including Granite, Schist, and Clay-Limestone. Vinification: Semi-carbonic in large concrete tanks. No sulfur added. Elevage: 6 months in 80% used foudres and 20% used barrels (ranging from 14 to 42 hl in size). Approx annual production: 330 cs.

Beaujolais ‘Le Pre’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Gamay. Parcel: Les Pre. Vine Age: planted in 1927, 1940s, 1990s. Size: 0.8 ha. Soil: Sand and granite at the bottom of the hillside. Vinification: Semi-carbonic in large concrete tanks. No sulfur added. Elevage: 6 months in used foudres and barrels ranging from 14 to 42 hl in size. Le Pré is an atypical parcel with a sandy terroir in Charentais. Pierre decided to isolate it as a single vineyard as an experiment to see what it would bring. Approx annual production: 180 cs.

Brouilly ‘100% Cotton’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice

100% Gamay from a single vineyard, Les Mines. Vines are 65 years old planted in pink granite. Wine is fermented semi-carbonic in concrete tanks with no added Sulfur. Aged 8 months in used foudres before bottling unfiltered. 500 cases produced.

Cote de Brouilly ‘100% Cotton’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice

100% Gamay from the Côte de Brouilly. Average vine age of 65 years from a 1 Hectrare plot planted in Cotton’s unique parcel of “corne verte” that Pierre says is found nowhere else in the Beaujolais. Corne Verte is a blend of pink granite and diorite. Vinification is semi-carbonic in concrete tanks with no added sulfur. 8 months in used foudres. 225 cases produced

Cote de Brouilly ‘Les Grilles’

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Gamay. Parcel: Les Grilles. Vine Age: planted in 1950s. Size: 1.5 ha. Soil: Corne Verte – a blend of yellow and pink granite, clay, and diorite. This soil is only found in this 1.5 hectare parcel called Les Grilles, or The Grids, which refers to the various layers of rock, located on the slope just next to the winery in Odénas. Vinification: Semi-carbonic in large concrete tanks. No sulfur added. Elevage: 11 months in used foudres and barrels ranging from 14 to 42 hl in size. Approx annual production: 250 cs.

Regnie

Varietal: Gamay

Color: Red

Farming Practice: Organic

Organic. 100% Gamay. Parcel: Les Buillants Vine Age: planted in 1927, 1940s, 1990s. Size: 0.8 ha. Soil: yellow granite. Vinification: Semi-carbonic in large concrete tanks. No sulfur added. Elevage: 6 months in 80% used foudres and 20% used barrels (ranging from 14 to 42 hl in size). Approx annual production: 175 cs.

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