Sancerre Chavignol "Monts Damnés", Thomas Labaille
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Sancerre Chavignol "Monts Damnés", Thomas Labaille - 2022

Item # 23114 750mL

Classic, mineral Chavignol from one of the commune's best and steepest vineyards. This wine is rich, fat, round, and full of layered aromas, a subtle nose, and a long finish. Not a typical bistro Sancerre, but a graceful wine meant for aging and pleasure.

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Now this is good wine. It’s damnée good wine. Because Les Monts Damnées is Sancerre’s top vineyard site. Its 45 degree south facing slope with well drained marl soils make Sancerres grown here the most sought after. The Labailles farm their plot of 30 year old vines sustainably. The wine shows viscosity in the glass which translates to a slick, weighty mouthfeel. Aromas of crushed apples, straw, and beeswax. The dense texture adds to the rich flavors of pears and spice on the palate. It finishes satisfyingly long. Perfect side by side with a Crottin Chavignol (the resident goat cheese).

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