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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Excellent meal and lovely Red Sancerre @La Côte des Monts Damnés

The dining room @La Côte des Monts Damnés

Jean-Marc Bourgeois
On Monday night CRM and I had a wonderful meal at La Côte des Monts Damnés in Chavignol, where we were staying overnight. Jean-Marc Bourgeois is the chef and his food always impresses but Monday night it was exceptionally good. The standout dish for me was the beetroot gaspacho with crab – looked stunning and tasted equally good!

After a very agreeable 2015 Grand Reserve, Sancerre Blanc from Henri Bourgeois with the considerable weight of the 2015 vintage, we chose the 2014 Sancerre Rouge Le Cul de Beaujeu from Domaine Vincent Delaporte now run by Matthieu Delaporte, grandson of Vincent. The Delaportes are the only growers to have Pinot Noir planted on the steep slopes of Le Cul. I thought the 2014 might be a bit young. However, although I'm sure it will age well it is drinking superbly now with mouth filling silky fruit.  

Mise en bouche

Langoustines looking towards Asia-Pacific 

Gaspacho de betterave rouge et tomate, émiette de 
tourteau au basilic de cervelle Canut à l'huile d'olive 

 Rack and saddle of lamb with a special spicy sausage  
Deliciously flavoursome lamb

 Côte de veau

 2014 Sancerre 'Le Cul de Beaujeu' Vincent Delaporte 


Soufflé chaud à la mandarine et Grand Marnier 

 Le coup de grâce !

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

This morning – Sancerre town as an island....

We stayed overnight in Chavignol and were completely unaware that Sancerre and much of the surrounding area was in thick mist as it was Chavignol. It wasn't until we drove up to the viewpoint above Chavignol at the top of Les Monts Damnésthat we were aware of the mist making the top of Sancerre town appear as an island. A little later when we drove across to Pouilly it was thick mist.  

 Looking down the Monts Damnés with Chavignol 
below and islands including Sancerre out of the mist

 Les Monts Damnés and Sancerre

 Bright sunshine on the vines above Chavignol – 
often Chavignol is in the mist and Sancerre in the clear

 Mist swirling over the vines towards Amigny 

The row of trees marks the main road from Sancerre to Bourges 
with a flock of birds flying through the white layer of mist 

Other Sancerre photos  

Pierre and Lauriane Martin 
with 2016 Sancerre juice in their glasses  

Picking on the steep slopes of the 
Clos de la Poussie above Bué
 The Clos de la Poussie is in a better state than it was 
but there are still many missing vines here 

Pattern of vineyards close to Bué

 Chavignol – harvest over it is time to clean up

Picking may have finished but spiders are still busy

A glimpse of the Loire with Sancerre in the 
distance from above Les Loges (AC Pouilly-Fumé)