Domaine Pierre Cotton
Odenas, Beaujolais, France
ESTATE
Coming from a winemaker family Pierre Cotton could have stayed in Beaujolais to do his training instead he moved to Loire Valley to vinify some Chenin. Spending two years in the Coteaux du Layon with Yves Guegniard then one harvest with Sebastien Riffault in Sancerre. Those experiences in the far west of France allowed him to be in contact with the hard line of “nature” French winemakers and somehow influenced him to experiment new things.
Pierre moved back to the family estate in 2014 experimenting some natural vinification with one wine and then two years later he was in charge of the whole vinification at the family estate. Finally in 2017 Pierre officially took over the family estate.

Marine is an agronomist by profession whose research subject “animal biodiversity into vineyards” led her to meet Pierre. From this common interest started a loving relationship and year and half later during harvest 2018 Marine drop her job and officially started working with Pierre.

If everything goes smoothly with the French administration Marine and Pierre should be officially business partner in a couple of month. 

VINEYARD WORK

Pierre father initiated the organic conversion back in 2012 and since 2015 the whole property is farmed organically with some biodynamic practices used. Most of the vineyards are located around the domain in the village of Odenas, where they have a total of 13ha that will eventually drop to 11ha by the end of 2020.

Harvest is done by hand with intensive selection and sorting to ensure only the right berries is used. If the quality doesn’t reach their standard grapes are declassified into the Vin de France.

WINEMAKING

They approach vinification with minimal intervention using semi carbonic maceration in big concrete tanks and monitoring natural yeast through microscope. All the wine are aged in foudre and barrel for a period of 6, 8 to 12 month except for the Vin de France aged in tank. No filtration and minimal use sulfur dioxides are rudiments of an approach informed by the likes of Yvon Métras and Jean Foillard.

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