Why you'll love it?
The Les Monts Damnés roughly translates to "the damned mountain" which is befitting given the arduous journey endured by harvesters as they dangerously slide down steep slopes picking their treasure. This prized plot of land is situated on the north facing slopes of Chavignol with vines over 35 years old. Chavignol has a unique type of soil which the French call 'terres blanches'. Similar to the chalky plateaus like those in Chablis but with clay and Kimmeridgian limestone soils. Few vineyards in the world can compete with Les Monts Damnés and even fewer winemakers can rival Pascal’s talent and dedication in the cellar.
The 2014 Pascal Cotat “Les Monts Damnés’ Sancerre is a brilliant straw yellow in colour with green inflections. The nose offers aromas of jasmine, grapefruit zest, lemon and passionfruit and seaside minerality. The palate has flavors of white peach, candied citrus zest and is blessed with precise crushed chalk, brine, balanced acidity and a density that is rare in Sancerre. This concentration and focused minerality is actually reminiscent of serious white Burgundy and will age just as gracefully if kept well. Although it is delightful right this minute, this wine will evolve in a way that almost transcends the varietal. In 4-5 years, layers of depth will evolve to reveal incredible nuttiness and savory characteristics. For instant gratification, decant this wine for one hour and serve at cellar temperature in Burgundy stems. This wine must be served a touch warmer, between 55 and 60 degrees, to experience the immense texture and complexity it has to offer. Pair this beauty with Chavignol’s famous goat cheese, Crottin de Chavignol, over a crisp salad of bitter greens and asparagus for a remarkable pairing.