One of the most outstanding values in Sancerre This Chavignol based family is in their 10th generation of winemaking, tending to a patchwork of small vineyards spread over the region. This family is at the top of their game, producing a range of fascinating wines that aren't tied to a hefty price tag. Towards the top is one of the most recognized vineyards in Sancerre, which many Cotat fans will recognize. La Cote des Monts Damnes, their name for Monts Damnes, is known for having oyster shells visible scattered throughout the soils and Kimmeridgian based just like the great grand crus in Chablis. Grapes here are farmed organically with a push towards biodiversity, with other plants and grasses allowed to thrive between rows. Naturally low yielding, the concentration here and expression of minerality are stunning, showing incredible complexity of fruit, spice, and herbal nuances. A complete knockout at this pricing, this is the hands-down best deal for a bottle from this great vineyard, don't miss it!
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 94 points! "Tasted in early March, the 2019 Sancerre La Côte des Monts Damnés offers a highly attractive bouquet of just-ripe plums, apricots, mango, passion fruit, elderflower, spicy/herbal and spring-like leafy terroir aromas with delicate iodine ad lemon notes in the background. From Kimmeridgian marls and aged on the lees for 10 months, this is a full-bodied, round and aromatic yet vital, fresh and tensioned picture-book Mont Damnés with lovely grapefruit bitters on the long and complex finish. The wine is round and intense, very elegant and perfectly balanced, just spectacular in its early accessibility. Possibly the finest of the last decade."