There are a select few young “debutants” who have begun paving the way for Beaujolais’ future. One is without question, the young Pierre Cotton. Pierre’s family have been producing wine on their property in Côte de Brouilly since 1856 under the estate Domaine Sanvers et Cotton. In 2014, after acquiring one hectare from his family, Pierre began building towards his own domaine situated within his family’s property in Odenas. Pierre officially became his family’s fifth vigneron after the release of his first cuvée millesime 2014 “100% Cotton.” The following year, Pierre was able to acquire two of his family’s hectares in Brouilly and has recently purchased one hectare in Regnié. While his total production is minuscule, we feel so lucky to be working with Pierre as one of his first importers in the USA.
In 2011, Domaine Sanvers et Cotton made the decision to change their farming practice to strict organic viticulture aspiring to obtain organic certification. Yields are low and farming is meticulous. Pierre believes it is the land which provides his wines with all their character. It is not the decisions he makes in the cellar.
Vinification methods for Pierre are clean and without the use of any sulfur. Pierre works with only indigenous yeast, implements semi-carbonic maceration in cement before elevage in foudre or barrel. All oak is neutral and Pierre never filters.