Didier Dagueneau, Sancerre, Le Mont Damne 2007
With the exception of Asteroïde, which comes from a mere ten rows of vines, Le Mont Damnés is the rarest of Dagueneau's Loire wines. Finding enough quantity for an offer is almost impossible.
For years, Didier dreamed of making wine from this vineyard located in Chavignol, probably the most prestigious in the upper Loire valley. His dear friend and mentor, Edmund Vatan, provided the inspiration, and finally in the late 1990s, he had a line on a small, 1/2 hectare parcel in the heart of the vineyard. He bought it and then fought with both the local and AOC authorities for a couple years and finally was granted in 2000 with the rights to plant a small portion of the vineyard each year. Just 156 bottles imported to the west coast, this wine already shows the full potential of this vineyard. Though the vines are young, there is excellent, tense, sappy structure that can only mean a great vineyard sight. The length of this wine seems to be eternal. A chalky, but almost creamy texture pervades the mouth, with aromatics showing citrus, melon and pear.
91 points CellarTracker Member
Showing more golden and mature at this point with ripe fruit crushed rocks on the nose and less of the clean and floral. However, still lively on the palate with ripe pear and lychee and a clean finish. More on the rich and malo profile given the Dagueneau style. I enjoyed it, but not what I would pick from a Sancerre even at this age. I think this a drink-now-wine after several over the years.