About The Wine
The Les Monts Damnés is the lone Sancerre in the Dagueneau portfolio.
To have a patch of land to call his own on this distinguished site was a long-standing desire for Didier. He purchased a small, half-hectare site in the late 1990s, planted it to his own precise specifications and finally released his first expression from this unusually cool pocket of the vineyard in 2006.
This wine adds the perfect counter-point to his famed examples of Pouilly Fume. The famed chalky terroir of this vineyard only adding an extra dimension of power and intensity to the signature Dagueneau style.
The heroic price and the limited availability reflects the feverish demand for this cuveé. It's arguably the most coveted wine from Sancerre.
About Domaine Didier Dagueneau
Was there ever a more mythical iconoclastic figure in the world of wine than the late, great Didier Dagueneau?
A professional motorcycle racer in a former life, Dagueneau took the village of Saint Andelain like a hurricane in 1982. As an untrained hand in growing grapes or making wine, he set about crafting what are now considered the most intense, chiselled and now, sought-after Sauvignon Blancs on the planet.
His wines gained notoriety for their piercing minerality, mind-warping length and kaleidoscopic complexity. They transcended the varietal characters of Sauvignon Blanc, mature majestically and have reframed for many the potential for the variety to convey terroir with the utmost transparency. The term 'cult figure' doesn't really do him justice.
Sadly, he passed away in 2008 but his son Louis-Benjamin and daughter Charlotte have continued their father's exacting standards and the wines continue to redefine the possibilities for Sauvignon Blanc's potential to make some of the world's greatest white wines.