Pierre Cotton career is quite unique as he did not study in Macon, Bel Air, ou Beaune like most of his contemporary fellows. He chose to study in the Loire near Rablay-sur-Layon, and to do his internship with natural near by wine growers. «I thought it would be stupid to stay here where I know the wines so well". He then returned to the family vineyard with his father Guy. The Sanvers and Cotton domaine works well, very few chemical intervention on the vine and an organic conversion project on the way. But Pierre would like to go even further. He intends to make the wine himself. The large size of the wine cellar made it possible for him to carry out his project quickly and commercialise his wine, Côtes de Brouilly under his own name en 2014. Vinification with indigenous yeast, carbonic maceration in concrete before aging in cask. The 2014 “100% cotton" underwent a 18 day low temperature maceration.Total production was around 17 HL, slightly more is expected in 2015 ! Alongside Pierre Cotton takes a growing part in vinification and commercialisation of the wine of the family domaine and he is planning to provide promising wines for the vintages to come.
"We aim to bring a few changes” Pierre confirms. “It seems we lose a lot with filtration". On his side Guy Cotton is just happy to see his son’s involvement on the Domaine. Rubbing shoulder with the chenin while in Anjou inspired him, Pierre is impatient to make white wine. He intends to take over a plot of Chardonnay on limestone in Charentay in 2016. He widened his range in 2015 with 2ha of (red) Beaujolais-Villages vines in the same zone and considers making a Vin de France cuvé from it. Of the same generation as Jules Métras and Yann Bertrand, Pierre hopes to boost Beaujolais, an area often deserted by young talents. Glory to them !