Grape(s): Sauvignon Blanc
Localization: Loire Valley, France
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow. Aromas of pear, green apple, hay, lychee, wet rocks. Intense fruit on the palate with a wonderful progression from the intense fruit attack at the front through an electric acid frame to the aromatic back notes on the very long fruit-driven finish.
Notes: First produced in 2004 on some of Sancerre’s steepest slopes, fruit for ‘Les Monts Damnes’ comes from vines averaging 45 years in age, keeping fruit concentrated and lush. High acidity gives backbone and structure to the wine; produced with the mentality that nature is the true maker behind the cuvée. Delicious now, will age gracefully.
Food Pairing: Pairs nicely with salads, seafood, and white meat
The Domain: The Boulay family has nine hectares in the famed Sancerre village of Chavignol, and can trace their history as grape growers in the village back to 1380. Their vineyards are planted in Kimmeridgian-centric soils, including the famed “crus” of Monts Damnés, La Grande Côte, and Clos de Beaujeu. They have been farming organically since 1990 and harvest everything by hand. Their top wines, aged in a mix of tank and neutral 300L barrels, can age easily for over 20 years, earning Boulay a reputation as a go-to for quality and longevity in a village of Sancerre’s most celebrated vineyards and domaines.