The Damned Mountain:
2015 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés

Posted by Ian McFadden

Gérard Boulay's Sancerres are some of my favorite expressions of the appellation.

The Boulay family has held land in Sancerre for over 600 years. Along with Vatan and the Cotat cousins, Boulay produces some of the most elegant, complex and long-lived Sancerre.

Where Vatan and the Cotats are dense and layered Sancerres that demand bottle age, Boulay stands out for its drinkability, poise and finessed precision. We've tasted Boulay's wines several decades old, and a very impressive 1959. As dazzling as Boulay can be young, it stands the test of time in an impressive way.

Chavignol is undoubtedly defined by its terroir. The soil is made up of the same Kimmeridgian marl as parts of Chablis, which imbues the wine with a Chablis-like chalky minerality. Monts Damnés - named ("damned hills") for its incredible steepness - is one of Sancerre’s top sites, known for its ability to render wines of striking precision and crystalline minerality.

The 2015 Monts Damnés has a dazzling clarity. There's plenty of volume along with good freshness and talc-like grip that accentuates the tensile impression. The wine has a lovely profile of bright citrus, herbs and a stony and saline mineral backbone.

With spring finally starting to take hold, this seems like a perfect time to offer Boulay's Monts Damnés. We created special 4-pack pricing because you'll find yourself wanting to return to it often during the warm months. Stashing a couple bottles in the cellar is also a smart move.

To order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2015 Gérard Boulay Sancerre Monts Damnés