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Tastings of the 2014 Vouvrays of Domaine Huet with winemaker Jean-Bertrand Berthomé, and of the 2015s with Sarah Hwang, have confirmed that this important estate made some of the world's finest Chenin Blancs in these two excellent vintages. Jean-Bertrand joined the estate in 1979 and worked alongside Noël Pinguet as the estate was converted to biodynamic agriculture in the late 1980s. His presence in the vines and in the cellar has ensured the continuity evident in the beautiful 2015s on offer today.
Please join us on Saturday, October 1st at 5:00pm as we taste all six of the 2015s in today's email as well as the superb 2010 Petillant Brut. (As quantities of these wines are extremely limited, we will be opening only one bottle - please arrive early to ensure participation in the tasting.) We were particularly impressed with the quality of the 2015 Le Haut Lieu Sec - a beautifully balanced and complex expression of the estate's largest parcel, and with the Le Mont and Le Haut Lieu Moelleux. These two moderately sweet Vouvrays have gorgeous fruit, firm acidity, and the ability to age extremely well, although they are wonderful now, and will complement a wide variety of cuisines. Please see below for specifications of the wines. (6 bottle limit on Le Mont Sec. All wines discount on case or mixed-case quantities, except Petillant Brut. Vineyard info courtesy of Rare Wine Co.)
25 years of Biodynamic farming at Domaine Huet contributes to the amazing quality of this beautiful Petillant Brut, which spends a minimum of three years on the lees. Tasted in January of 2016 the wine was showing lovely aromas of white fruits, citrus, lime-flower, honey and mineral, with an elegant mousse and terrific length. 2010 is a great vintage for Loire Valley Chenin Blanc - this is delicious now and will improve for years...
Le Haut-Lieu—The original Huët vineyard is nearly 9 hectares. It has the richest soils of the domaine’s three crus—a deep limestone-clay—and the wines are generally the estate’s most approachable. In some vintages, small quantities from nearby estate parcels may be added to Le Haut-Lieu." 2015 Le Haut Lieu: 13% alcohol, 6 grams/liter RS, 5.6 gr/l acidity.
2015 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux: 12.5% alc, 45 gr/l RS. A very graceful wine. Ripe mango, pineapple stalk, candied grapefruit peel, lychee, and a hint of wool rise from the glass. The palate perfectly balances opulent fruit and sweetness with bright acidity and a scintillating texture. Although approachable now, it'd be great in 5-7 years. Tim Gagnon
2015 Le Mont Moelleux: 12.5% alc, 60 gr/l RS. A bit more decadent than the Haut-Lieu Moelleux, it shows notes of lemon meringue, marzipan, orange peel, pear skin, and green apple on the nose. Unctuous and powerful on the palate, the residual sugar is more perceptible, but remains balanced by a dense minerality and a chalky intensity. Grab a few for the cellar and don't think about them for ten or more years! Tim Gagnon
2015 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux 1er Trie: 11.5% alc, 90 gr/l RS. Gorgeous tropical melon, Meyer lemon, and orange blossom at firston the nose with undertones of baked pear, walnut, and wildflower honey. You do get a sense for the botrytis, with more luscious orange marmalade and very ripe pineapple as well. On the palate it is honeyed, tropical, and almost salty, with an invigorating acidity balancing out the residual sugar. Long and very pretty; this is no doubt a beautiful wine, it will need quite a long time in the cellar to really open up. Tim Gagnon
"Gaston Huët believed this to be the greatest of all Vouvray vineyards. With the Première Côte’s poorest, shallowest, stoniest soils, Clos du Bourg wines often produces the most powerful wine in the lineup, synthesizing Le Mont’s intense minerality with Le Haut-Lieu’s generous texture." 2015 Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie: 11.5% alc, 115 gr/l RS
*This wine is in the warehouse and will not be available for pick-up or delivery until after Labor Day.2008 is a great vintage for moelleux and demi-sec Vouvray as the high acidity of the vintage gives fabulous brightness and balance to the extra sweetness. The Huet 2008 Haut-Lieu is superb now with terrines, foie gras, vegetable soups, mild cheeses and much more - and don't hesitate to age ten more years.