Chotard produces wonderful, charismatic Sancerre and for 200 years has been regarded as one of the region's most prized producers. Daniel, now superseded by his son Simon, carries the artistry from his father to the new generation. These traditional Sancerres have an almost unmatched expression. They are at times compared to music by Daniel, who hosts wine and music events at his Domaine, where one can find him playing accordion and guitar. This bottle, in particular, is a hard to find example of the brilliance of the Chotard Domaine. Chotard owns the entire 'Les Coutones' vineyard, which they have nicknamed "Slope of the Sun" and are the only ones to produce a wine from it. This vineyard was planted in '94 with a small replant in '06, on kimmeridian clay and limestone. This vineyard ripens late and is consistently the last plot that Chotard will pick, giving the fruit excellent complexity. The Juice does not go through Malolactic fermentation but spends one year in neutral fourdre before spending six months in stainless steel tank and then bottling. Any fans of the Cuvee Marcel Henri will find this similar in profile with its intense minerality and freshness of fruit. Chotard is a fantastic Sancerre producer, and Les Coutones proves it. As mentioned before, this Cuvee from Chotard is currently not to found anywhere else.