2007 Gerard Boulay "Monts Damnés" Sancerre Chavignol

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You haven't tasted Sancerre until you've tried one of the gems from Gerard Boulay. One of our favorite producers, Boulay is a humble and delightful vigneron whose wines are vivid, clear and, frankly, mind-blowing. K&L is fortunate to have discovered this incredible producer, even before the press, and is the sole importer in California, which gives us a great pricing advantage over the few retailers in the US who carry these wines. The Chavignol Mont Damnés is made from vines that are grown on the Mont Damnés plot, a steep, south-facing slope that provides some of the region's most powerful and long-lived wines. Not a simple quaffer, it also displays Boulay's signature aromas and flavors of candied grapefruit, mandarin orange, lime and wildflower.

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 12/7/2009  | Send Email
Serious Sancerre here. Though a little high strung at the moment, this is a white wine with incredible depth. I love crisp, mineral-driven whites, and the 07 from Boulay is all that and more. A great wine for the cellar, to be consumed over the next decade.

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/19/2009  | Send Email
Tour de force white wine. There is such gorgeous mineral tone to this wine that I start salivating just thinking about it. One for some short term cellaring give it a couple more years to fully open up and I think you will be well rewarded for your patience.

By: David Driscoll |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/16/2009  | Send Email
Gerard Boulay has conquered our staff here at K&L. He has done something quite extraordinary in that we almost unanimously (here in Redwood City, at least) believe that his wines are perhaps the best whites we offer. The pale-colored Mont Damnes is so soft, subtle and graceful because if it were not so, we would be completely overwelmed by it's concentration. Almost like looking into the sun, we need a filter to do so. Boulay has concentrated the pure and unadulterated essence of Sauvignon Blanc and filtered it into this bottle.

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/23/2009  | Send Email
While it's a bit reticent on the nose, and very tight at this point, all of the characteristic minerality, acidity and power of the Mont Damnes site are here on full display. I had it in the fridge over the course of a week and it certainly opened up a good bit and improved. So, I would either open this three days before drinking it, or cellar it for a couple years (and up to 15) to allow for some integration and flavor development to occur.

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Sauvignon Blanc

- One of the best known "international" varieties originally cultivated in France and considered the parent of, with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon's wonderfully distinctive aromatics generate some of wine's most colorful descriptors, among them "cat pee," herbaceous, grassy, citrusy the world over. In France, the apex of Sauvignon Blanc production is the Loire Valley, in the appellations of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé, where the terroir expresses itself most beautifully through the grape. Sauvignon Blanc is also the leading white grape varietal in Bordeaux, where it is paired with the fatter, richer Sémillon to varying degrees. Relatively easy to cultivate, though more suited to cool climates, Sauvignon Blanc has made inroads in Europe outside of France, especially in Northeastern Italy's Friuli and Alto Adige, but also on the Slovenian border. These lovely wines are often overshadowed by Sauvignon Blanc's achievements in the New World, namely New Zealand, South Africa and California. New Zealand's Sauvignon Blancs, more conspicuously fruity than most French examples, landed the small island nation on the world wine map in the late-1980s and 1990s. South African Sauvignons are one of the most successful international varieties produced in that country and are often quite elegant and affordable. In California, Robert Mondavi managed to, almost single-handedly, created a market for Sauvignon Blanc by renaming his oak-fermented version Fumé Blanc. While some wineries still use the name, California Sauvignon Blanc has secured its place in the California wine pantheon, particularly those from the Napa Valley. Washington State, Chile and Argentina also have considerable plantings of the grape.
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France

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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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