2014 Henri Bourgeois La Côte des Mont Damnés Sancerre

SKU #1246102 93 points Wine Enthusiast

 The steep slopes of the Monts Damnés are some of the best known in Sancerre. From grapes grown on this almost vertiginous slope, this wine is concentrated from the low yields and wonderfully juicy, fresh fruits. Apple and spiced pear flavors are totally freshened by the bright, crisp acidity. Drink from 2017.  (5/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Steely and pure, with a flinty edge that provides mouthwatering cut. Sel gris, lime and thyme notes fill in the background. A chiseled Sauvignon Blanc. Drink now through 2018. 1,800 cases made. –JM  (5/2016)

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Staff Image By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2016 | Send Email
Gorgeously tropical on the nose, the 2014 La Côte des Mont Damnés Sancerre feels indulgent at first, but its fruitiness quickly gives way to brighter lemon and nectarine notes, with electric acid and salinity. Finishes super dry but long, with a coating, almost oily mouthfeel. Steely enough to be great with food now, this should age beautifully as well.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/23/2016 | Send Email
From my first sip, all I could imagine doing is drinking this wine with oysters. Aromas of salt water, crushed stones and a hit of tropical fruit pop from the glass. Flavors of lemon zest, white nectarine and chalk accompany this wines incredibly high acid, slightly oily texture and completely dry, long limestone finish. This will drink lovely now with things like raw seafood but you could cellar a bottle for a few years to watch the tension in the wine drop a bit and develop into something truly incredible.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/16/2016 | Send Email
This is an invigorating glass of Sancerre! While it shows the minerality you'd expect, it is but one dimension here. Fresh herb, gooseberry, green apple, and citrus are all very much in evidence, along with a saline quality that, in concert with the wine's strong acidity, really contributes to a truly mouthwatering finish. Cut, pure, and focused, this shows the precise side of the region.

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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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