Wine advocate (David Schildknecht) : note sur le 2010 : 92 : Bottled unfiltered after extended lees contact and labeled exclusively for the U.S., but from the same base wine as the Les Astrides Vieilles Vignes he sells in other markets, Labaille’s 2010 Sancerre Les Monts Damnes – around a quarter of which sojourns in barriques and demi-muids – reflects myriad mostly tiny holdings, the largest one and a quarter acres. Despite having been harvested only well into October, it was bottled in July rather than as usual in September, due to the impending early harvest of 2011, but clearly no harm was thereby done! A mouthwatering and fascinating impression of chalk, oyster shell and crystalline mineral elements shimmering through a transparent medium of juicy lime, white currant and grapefruit alternates with one of oyster liquor, and saline, sweet, iodine-tinged shrimp shell reduction laced with kelp and zesty, piquant citrus rind. All of this leads to a long finish as saliva-inducing as it is intriguing. Here is a delicious demonstration that full ripeness in this great site is nowadays still compatible with moderate alcohol, registering as it does 13.3%. I would anticipate at least a decade of satisfaction from this superb value..