Like the starting gun of the 100 meter dash, this wine is a shock of flint and smoke from its perfume to its zesty body. Pascal's 35-year-old vines deliver concentrated yet very fresh Sauvignon; notes of white flowers, black pepper and pear skins show on the linear yet precise nose. The mouth is all Cotat—poached pears, touches of sea salt and peach blossoms are rich, lush and wonderfully savory. The finish lingers with ginger and cinnamon notes. A racy, lively and very supple "Monts Damnés."