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.

Inspired by tasting wines with compatriot friends Yann Bertrand, Jules Metras, and Keke Descombes, Pierre’s wines are all farmed organically and made without any sulfur. Vinification is semi-carbonic in large cement tanks, and then the wines are aged for 8-9 months in old foudres that range in size from 14 to 42 hectoliters.


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Côte de Brouilly '100% Cotton'

100% Gamay. 65 years old-vines. Organic, vinified without sulfur and unfiltered. Cotton’s parcel is on a unique terroir of “corne verte” that Pierre says is found nowhere else in the Beaujolais. Corne Verte is a blend of pink granite and diorite. Elevage for 8 months in used foudres.
Annual production of 2,700 bottles.

 

Brouilly

100% Gamay. 65 year-old vines, pink granite. Organic, vinified without sulfur and unfiltered. Elevage for 8 months in used foudres. Annual production of 6,000 bottles

 

 

 

Côte de Brouilly Les Grillés

100% Gamay. 60 years-old vines. Organic, vinification semi-carbonic in concrete tanks without sulfur. Corne Verte - a blend of yellow and pink granite, clay, and diorite found only in Odenas. Elevage for 11 months in used foudres and barrels. Annual production of 3,000 bottles.

 



Beaujolais

100% Gamay. 30 years-old vines, various terroirs: Granite, Schist, and Clay-Limestone. Organic, vinification semi-carbonic in concrete tanks without sulfur. Elevage for 6 months in used foudres and 20% barrels. Annual production of 4,000 bottles.

 

 

Beaujolais le Pré

100% Gamay. Vines planted in 1927, 1940s, 1990s , Sand and granite at the bottom of the hillside. Organic, vinification semi-carbonic in concrete tanks without sulfur. Elevage for 6 months in used foudres and 20% barrels. Annual production of 4,000 bottles.




Régnié

100% Gamay. Vines planted in 1927, 1940s, 1990s , Yellow granite. Organic, vinification semi-carbonic in concrete tanks without sulfur. Elevage for 6 months in used foudres and 20% barrels. Annual production of 2,000 bottles.