Pascal Cotat is the major reference in the appellation, he works his vines on the steep slopes of Chavignol, 2.3 hectares which came to him after the family estate was split between he and his cousin (François). Only 2.3 hectares, but what a treasure! Here the limestone bedrock predominates, giving Pascal’s wines the vibrancy and minerality of a Chablis. The estate’s renown was forged by the chiselled precision of his cuvées, each of which was conceived to render the personality of a parcel. La Grande Côte, a parcel on a clay-limestone soil, produces rich, mineral wines; as for Les Monts Damnés, south facing, on an intimidatingly steep hillside, it offers wines with notes of smoke and a beautiful acidity promising the potential to age long into the future. Indeed, its expression, while reserved in its youth, with subtle aromas of almond, lemon, and hawthorn, suddenly explodes after two or three years in the bottle. For, let it be said, these wines are made to stand the test of time.