J. de Villebois Sancerre Les Monts Damnes 2019
La Côte des Monts Damnés is a very steep south and south-west facing slope in Chavignol composed of Kimmeridgian marl (a soil made up of fossilized seashells and clay). This terroir gives roundness, deepness and a great longevity to the wines. It’s one of the best plot in Sancerre and since the 11th century, noblemen fought over its ownership.
The wine is a bright green gold color with a powerful nose of white fruit notes, peach and pear. Sweet and supple, the palate evolves towards more vivacity, carried by a nice minerality and fresh lemon aromas.
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The difficulty of working this steep vineyard gives it the name “damned mountains.” This wine, though, is worth the effort, textured and tightly wrought with interlaced minerality and crisp green fruits. It is concentrated and perfumed, lifted by vibrant acidity at the end. Drink from 2023. Cellar Selection
J. de Villebois is a family winery owned by Joost and Miguela de Villebois. Over the last 15 years, Villebois has become one of the leading Sauvignon Blanc producers in the Loire Valley with a unique range of Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines cultivated in its own vineyards. Villebois wines wine multiple awards year-in, year-out at French and international wine contests, confirming the excellence of the winery.
The success of the J. de Villebois wines is based on a highly skilled and dedicated team and their respect and knowledge of the terroir. They hold sustainable production high in their values. Rain water is held and reused, and the use of fossil fuels and pesticides is restricted. They truly cherish this priceless Loire territory!
Marked by its charming hilltop village in the easternmost territory of the Loire, Sancerre is famous for its racy, vivacious, citrus-dominant Sauvignon blanc. Its enormous popularity in 1970s French bistros led to its success as the go-to restaurant white around the globe in the 1980s.
While the region claims a continental climate, noted for short, hot summers and long, cold winters, variations in topography—rolling hills and steep slopes from about 600 to 1,300 feet in elevation—with great soil variations, contribute the variations in character in Sancerre Sauvignon blancs.
In the western part of the appellation, clay and limestone soils with Kimmeridgean marne, especially in Chavignol, produce powerful wines. Moving closer to the actual town of Sancerre, soils are gravel and limestone, producing especially delicate wines. Flint (silex) soils close to the village produce particularly perfumed and age-worthy wines.
About ten percent of the wines claiming the Sancerre appellation name are fresh and light red wines made from Pinot noir and to a lesser extent, rosés. While not typically exported in large amounts, they are well-made and attract a loyal French following.
Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.