Les Monts-Damnés (pronounced mon-dannay) is perhaps the best-known vineyard in Chavignol. Drinking some great juice from this site leaves you in little doubt that Chavignol is home to, as a general rule, the most textural yet mineral, uplifting and sublime Sancerre. Boulay’s bottling comes from 45 year old vines in one of the steepest inclines of this majestic vineyard, a 40° south facing plot on terres blanches soil (white, chalky clay and limestone), directly adjacent to Edmond Vatan’s Clos la Néore vineyard. It's a parcel of vines that gives not only a complex set of aromas and flavours (as you can read below), but also radiates boundless energy and seductive texture. Monts Damnés is vinified in 3-4 year old Tronçais oak casks, before finishing its ageing in large cask prior to bottling. Picked a week later than Dagueneau’s vines in the same vineyard, Boulay’s 2016 Monts-Damnés goes straight for the jugular; it is deep and layered, with aromas of white flowers, citrus and wet rock wafting from the glass and leading to an intense palate bursting with lacy texture. Leaves the palate perfumed for minutes after swallowing. Don’t miss this.