2008 Gerard Boulay "Monts Damnés" Sancerre Chavignol

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92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: " Bright yellow. Expressive, mineral-driven bouquet offers an array of citrus and floral qualities, with subtle spice and ginger notes picking up strength with air. Stains the palate with zesty lemongrass and pear flavors. A musky anise quality arrives with air and adds depth to the long, spicy, stony finish." (March/April 10) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Bittersweet iris perfume, fennel, honeydew and musk melons, cassis, and a whiff of chalk in the nose of the Boulay 2008 Sancerre Monts Damnes lead to a relatively gentle yet refreshing palate impression with soothing suggestions of lime and melon sorbet, much in the mold set by the corresponding Clos de Beaujeu, and far gentler than is typical for its vintage. There is certainly an underlying sense of chalky extract here, however, and a finishing grip marked by faint bitterness of huckleberry, juniper, and citrus peel, lacking quite the clarity or lift of the Clos de Beaujeu. This too, though, should be worth following for up to half a dozen years." (08/10)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/22/2010  | Send Email
Can this wine get any better? The 08 Monts Damnes from Gerard Boulay is still serious Sancerre, with the racy mineralty and chalky depth I have come to expect from this producer and vineyard. To me the 08 is more expressive, a little fruitier and spicier, than the 07. It makes for great drinking pleasure now, and will cellar for a decade.

By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/29/2010  | Send Email
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Les Monts Damnés is a well-known lieu dit, or specific vineyard, built on terres blanches (chalk on Kimmeridgian marl) that is capable of creating seductive, nervy wines guaranteed to stimulate the palate and ignite the appetite for meltingly rich beurre blanc salmon croquettes or freshly-grilled sea scallops. I love crisp, spicy and bitingly pure Sancerre, and have a special place for those from the deep, mineral-laden, stony soils of Chavignol. Truly a 'goat-to' wine (see label)!
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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.