Really high class acidic structure. Maybe this has been aromatically even more vibrant a while ago, but nevertheless this is excellent. Maybe I still feel that the demi sec style is where these wines' personality really shines.
Still very young and still absolutely great. Intense on the palate with lemons and limestone. Quite shy on the nose. Not completely dry (although that's how I think I perceived it before), and a bit more body than before.
Once again, Huet has done its best. Nose difficult to guess blindly; of course the usual pine apple core (wich never point any region), and some shy honey and unspecific white wood glue. Mouth full of character , thick substance, lime and clementine. Fresh and mineral style with a real bitter end on orange peal. Loire makes the show. 2010 gives its best expression with a long life ahead. Exceptionnal Q/P ratio. Indeed it is possible to find better, but at not this price. Superb chenin.
With cheese at Steve & Barb's house before going out to dinner. Pale yellow in color and surprisingly it has not yet shut down. Drinking very nicely at the moment with a little more roundness than the Sec bottlings from Huet usually have. Pears and a little wool and lanolin. Very citric in its acidity. I would expect this to shut down soon but emerge as a great Sec. 50+12+12+8+8=90+
This is my first bottle of a mixed case of the '10 Huets. Nose burst out of the bottle as soon as it was opened. Candle wax. Candied ginger. Peach and some tropical notes. Nose doesn't hint at the minerality and acidity that show up on the palate. Medium + bodies. More on the Demi sec side of sec. But the palate turns more towards pink grapefruit and citrus. Finishes stretches out nicely with piercing acidity emerging from underneath the fruit. A fantastic and versatile food wine.
I continue to enjoy this wine, though I will note my scores have crept downward every 8-10 months. Less vibrant. I have enjoyed many older Huets (10-30 years old), so I suspect this is just a transition and not that it is on the way down. Lovely nonetheless.
Typical apples & pears on the nose, accented with herbal aromatics. A wine one can smell forever. Medium bodied, this gracefully & nimbly coats the palate with more apple, tropical fruit & a hint of peach. Always fresh, this has the backbone to cellar forever. Structured in youth, yet plush & appealing. Love it.
Another great showing for one of the best young Vouvrays I've tasted. Showing a bit more mineral than I remember from my last bottle almost 3 years ago, especially in the slightly bitter, quninine-like finish. So tough to keep my hands off these but I'm trying.
gorgeous platinum gold; reticent aromatically, w/lemon-lime zest, ginger, limestone powder; med - bodied; slightly sweet on entry, citrus curd, tart, tangy & mineral; as it warms, sings w/food. excited about its future.
grilled spice-crusted nc triggerfish in avocado-tomatillo sauce; "stew" of summer squash, okra, pienolo tomato & hatch green chile; garlicky roasted rosegold potatoes
Dinner at Copper Hog: I can't believe how fast I'm depleting my stock of this wine. I remember my first sip a couple of years ago; I went straight to my local retailers and bought every remaining bottle of the Huet '10 secs, then went online and ordered as much as I could find (three of four cases). This was and still is my biggest purchase of any single wine. Back to the wine: it's still as gorgeous as my first sip two years ago, with little change. On the demi- side of sec. Meyer lemon, grapefruit and orchard fruit, with a limestone mineral blast. Viscous mouthfeel punctuated with acidic cut. Still one of my favorite wines; old faithful.
My last bottle seemed shut down, but it must have been me. This one performed well despite its flight to Hawaii. More demi-sec than sec. Great viscous mouthfeel, complex white pit fruit, grapefruit. Lively acidity.
Bright lime yellow. Modest nose of ripe apple and lemon. Powerful palate of sweet pommes, some peach, and a little tropics, immersed in significant tartness. The finish is long and mirrors the palate, barely bitter but elegantly mouth-watering. This wine was best not very cold, and was more enjoyable on day two.
Another impressive 2010 Huet. But very different from the Clos du Bourg, which is funny, because usually it takes much more age for them to show any real differentiation to me. But think of this as the Batard to the Bourg's Chevalier--plumper and maybe deeper, without quite the cutting drive. The fruit is almost luscious and maybe showing more of its sweetness, too. I had leftovers of this (unlike the Clos du Bourg...) and when I came back to it almost two weeks later it was exhibiting much more brightness and precision, really vibrant pineapply fruit with a sandy, quartz-spackled texture.
Une journée d'aération. Le vin très droit, bien sec, sur des arômes de lime, de citron, de fleur avec une pointe minéral(eau de roche). Excellent avec le céviche de pétoncle et crevette, au agrume et jalapeno. Très certainement bu trop jeune, la prochain ne sera pas ouvert avant au moin 2018-2020! Excellent!
Drank tonight from a 375. I dig this vintage and this bottling, as it shows the dried peach, green apple, lime and fresh acidity that makes the 2010 Huet Secs so damn good. This wine is aging slowly and will last a long time. I have a handful of 750s left that I will enjoy for the next many years.
From 75cl, rough cork. No. Sorry. I disagree. Everyone else here seems to be crazy about this wine, but this is the second bottle I have tried, and both were no fun at all. The pear-drop, boiled-sweet scent is (cloyingly) nice enough, but the taste is simply unpleasant. ("Ah, the ignorant pleb! Pah! He wants his wine to taste 'pleasant'! I spit on his stupid bourgeois taste!") It is at once quite sweet (on a level with a German Kabinett) but more sugary than grapey (come on, this claims to be "sec?"), strongly acidic, and bitter. The bitterness dominates on the mid-palate, which develops like chewing on the skin of a vegetable (potato skins?) which has evolved bitter nastiness in its outer layers over the millenia as a strategy to avoid getting eaten by homo sapiens. I see that John Gilman gives a drinking window STARTING in 2020 (and lasting until 2075 by when I shall undoubtedly be a lot more dead than this wine). So even though I think it is a real dodo tonight, I'm giving 86P(?) in the hope that I live long enough to see my other bottle develop into something... pleasant.
Unmistakably good. Lemon, pear, tart apple, honey (but not at all cloying). I suspect this is in the phase between acidic youth and rich old age--kind of like a person. I came home to clams, this, and the wife and babysitter already drinking it and was really joyful. Glad there's more, but this was a nice early peek at what will ultimately be an epic wine.
Medium yellow. Floral, honeysuckle aromatics. Woo hoo, right out of the gate, the acidity just bores in. Distinctly golden delicious apple fruit more than yellow pear. Not as plush as many Chenin Blancs due to the tremendous acidity. Barely perceptible residual sugar, strongly mineral finish. Terrific but years of evolution ahead.
Lactique et dissocié a l'ouverture....superbe ensuite avec un beau nez de pommes et de miel La bouche est enrobée, dense et trés minérale, déjà très complexe, avec une magnifique longueur, avec salinité époustouflante. Magnifique vin et un rapport q/p imbattable (35$). 93 pts
Nice wine. Great acidity and finish. Funky opening with oxidized banana on the palate. Spice and ?jasmine/flower on the nose. As it opened, the oxidative side blew off and left with apple and pear. A really nice Chenin Blanc, but for the price not something I'll be drinking a lot of.....
Preferred this at cool room temperature. Wax, flowers, grapefruit, ginger, apple, lime, earth, and honey on the nose. Lemon, lime, spice, pear, earth, grapefruit pith, and honey on the palate. A burst of acidity at the front, followed by beautifully balanced flavors, a touch of bitterness, and a terrific supple mouthfeel. Mmm. It's really hard to stop drinking it.
Excellent again. It's young with a host of flavors wound up together in a rich/tart band in the mouth but there's plenty of acidity to keep things lively and balanced. It was a good but less than perfect match with a pilaf of cardamom rice and chicken thighs.
This is a good wine and I am enjoying the bottle right now. Popped and poured, perhaps a bit too cool but have been noticing it become more expressive as it warms (of course).
My ultimate thought about it is that it's refreshing, but I was both expecting and left hoping for a bit more acidity, especially toward the finish. In the mouth, my first impression was of weight, unexpected before tasting. It truly does come in at the 13-13.5% the bottle says. But it's not overly heavy, rather a good coating of the mouth. It would however be more refreshing and balanced with a touch more acidity.
On the nose there are plenty of pears and tart green apples as others have said. A bit of perfume too but I didn't find it quite expressive enough.
In the mouth, more of the pear nectar and tart apple. Pleasant acidity up front makes an attempt at balancing out that weight. Loads of citrus, but more lime zest than something lemon. I like that--I don't get that a lot in the whites I drink. Very clearly concentrated lime. There was a slight bitterness that detracted somewhat, at least initially. I think another commenter noted it was "unclean," and this is a fair assessment. It does seem to fade.
Finish is pleasantly long with more of the lime zest. Needs more acidity.
I really enjoy this wine. Tangerine, lime, nectarine and good supporting acidity. And to Larry P's comment that me made when we tasted the wine today, he said 'kefir lime', and indeed this is the cool core that drives this wine. Just dig this bottle. Thanks for bringing this, Alan.
La bouche est une petite merveille qui me semble posséder juste ce qu'il faut de gras, avec une bonne vivacité, de la fraîcheur. La finale est un peu lactique mais l'ensemble laisse une nette impression de race et de potentiel de vieillissement. Mon seul bémol: la richesse du vin devient un peu lassante après deux verres. Deviendra sans doute spectaculaire dans quelques années. 92+ pts
Really nice wine, taste a bit off-dry but it is a dry wine. A melange of fruit like pineapple, pear, apricot and some quince. Notes of honey are there as well but is definitely balanced by the laser like acidity. Quite a value for what it brings to the table.
The first bottle I had was an epiphany wine, and every bottle since has captivated. Pit fruit and grapefruit, honey and honeysuckle. Polished mouthfeel with beautiful focus and cut. On the demi- side of sec.
As good as ever. On the demi side of sec. Amazing density and viscosity, lifted by complex white pit fruit, grapefruit, and acidity. I'm going to keep popping these until they shut down, then ignore what's left for a dozen years.
Golden yellow color with a dry, mineral-filled mouthfeel. Very refreshing with sweet hints of lemon, lime, pear, and ginger that lingers in this tightly-structured wine. Great balance with fresh acidity. This wine was also used to pair magnificently with seafood risotto. Should drink better from 2013 to 2020.
Popped and poured and enjoyed over two hours. Amazing nose of flowers, lemon/lime, grapefruit; Very mineral and herbal palate, on top of light honeysuckle sweetness, grapefruit. Verve, high acidity, almost sauvignon-blanc-like but on a heavier waxy body. Long lime finish.
Will improve blah blah give it years blah blah Huet should be old blah blah age-worthy blah -- this is SINGING now!
I have drank and bought several of these but I can never seem to get around to doing a note. This time I will, drank from a 375 opened last night. Slight chill, too. Nectarine, yellow apple, a strawberry note, mango, just a real nice melange of fruits. Then the finish kicks in, flushed with nice acidity, kiwi and green apple, then some honey, then more acidity. This remains delicious and still my front runner for white WOTY for 2012.
Gorgeous floral nose, pretty yet not overpowering. Nice straw color. Terrific body. Acidity makes it crisp and will allow it to match to a host of foods. Had with Halibut and pilaf and it was excellent. Went out and bought more.
Wow, an exciting expression of chenin and vouvray! Subtle nose of lemon zest and wax; palate of candied lemon, lemon drops, citrus zest, minerals, and more sec-tendre than sec, but exquisite balance and complexity. I tasted this same wine a year ago at Domaine Huet and it then it was a tight acid-driven wine showing all the same elements but somehow lacking in "love". It is now showing the love, and I suspect will only improve with time. Drink now, cellar 5 years, 10 years, 25 years... drink whenever.
From 75cl, popped and poured in a restaurant. Sorry, can't join the chorus of adulation, not yet anyway. This massive, sweet, concentrated CB needs at least 5 years to lose some of its puppy fat. Once it does, I'm sure it will be delicious. But at this stage it is closed-up tight, monolithic, not even remotely "sec" (think something between a Mosel Kabinett and Spätlese in terms of sweetness). There is good acidity in there somewhere, waiting to emerge from the monolith. Not much fun tonight - were this a New World CB I'd say 86-87P - but in hope of great things to come, let's make a wild guess and project 89P(+)
Pale yellow-copper; medium intense nose of earth, hay, slight waxy aspect, wet blanket with bruised peach, pineapple core, earthy aspect with nice fruit/fruit skin touch; good weight and concentration, very well balanced with medium plus acid but not off the charts; earthy minerality; overall excellent showing, could use 2-3 years in the bottle but still drinking nicely now. What Frank M says.
Oh, god, yes. Yes, yes, yes. I'm usually more of an electric demi-sec drinker, but this dry Vouvray is a sizzler. Live-wire neon limestone whipsawing over a deep, nuanced minerality. How in hell am I going to hold these til maturity?
Pale yellow. Nose of lime, apple and sea breeze. Initial hint of sweetness gives way to mouth puckering acidity and citrus flavor. Very dry on the finish which goes on for a while. Not much experience with dry chenin. This was an eye opener for me.
While this was waxy, Stoney, lightly floral, concentrated, fresh, penetrating, bright, and all around made of the right pieces, it is far to young and doesn't deliver much complexity or harmony, but rather hints continuously at potential. Better in 10 years for sure.
Opened last night, damn near drank the entire bottle with my wife. That good. What frames this wine is a slick tone of honey, an orange blossom honey is probably the best descriptor. Underneath that outer layer lies the next, which is pure lime, mixed against mineral. If that wasn't enough, also a peach pit and tart green apple to find its way into the finish. I just kick myself for drinking wine the past 25 years and never connecting with Chenin Blanc like now. This varietal, and in the hands of this producer, is just a thrill and the more wines I drink from Vouvray, the more smitten I become. Damn this is a helluva wine.
This was beautiful, but tight and young. Green apples and flowers; racy, taut palate, the finish opens up like a peacock's tail. It has 9g/l RS which is IIRC a bit more than some earlier years of the sec. But as I always loved the demi-sec, and this veers slightly toward that, I won't complain. Lovely.
Color: Pale yellow Smell: lime, kiwi, and chalk Taste: Lemon, quince, lime, mineral, and green apple Overall: Bone-dry Vouvry...what's not to love. Light-med body, med-hi acidity, medium+ complexity, and a moderate finish. This should develop into something really special in time. While it's easy to love now, this deserves another 3-5 years in the cellar. Outstanding.
Loads of lemon, limestone and minerals. A bit shy on the nose, even though I followed the wine for 9 hours after opening. Intense on the palate, however, with a great lemony acidity and an aftertaste that goes on for minutes. Very impressive and enjoyable already, even though it clearly is just and infant. Great stuff! (My wife,who has a cold at the moment, hated it though. She said it was like a plastic bucket with old leaves, and too much acidity. Go figure.)
Intensity galore, in the typically restrained Huet style, showing waves of stone fruit, peach pit, a wonderful streak of candied lemon/lime rind, all buttressed by a strong mineral foundation. Crisp, flavorful, chiseled, fabulous.
Lemon, green apple, minerals, and bright acidity on Day 1. Developed a richer profile on day 2, with quince, pear, and honeysuckle notes along with flinty, chalky minerals. Has years and years ahead of it. Another great Huet Sec.
Fantastiskt härlig mineralitet på näsan, massor av kalksten och ostronskal. Det doftar friska unga äpplen och citrus, väldigt ung frukt som lovar gott inför framtiden. I munnen är det fullt av havssalta mineraler, härlig struktur, frukt och knivskarp syra. Bra längd, och skvätten som blir kvar i flaskan i tre dagar mår inte direkt dåligt av det. Vi måste nog köpa några fler.
Nose: Honey, tangerines, beeswax, pate d'amande, impressions of ginger and fruit and nut cake. Palate: Pears, honey, figs, almonds, gingery citrus on the attack. Tense and lively acidity along with almond and citrus notes on the mid-palate. Hard lemon/peach candy lingers on the finish.
This Vouvray is so sexy and lithe on the palate, its fruit gliding effortlessly in a very feminine way but the acidity gives it this unbridled energy... like a young (fill in the blank). Truly outstanding.
Slightly warm and alcoholic at first, but with a slight chill and a few hours of air it comes together nicely. Golden Chenin fruit, gentle waxy and floral notes and a chalky mineral element all combine seamlessly with time; it's medium weight in the mouth with a polished texture, good precision and impressive length. Obviously very primary right now, but really enjoyable with some time.
Fairly firm structure, though not as much as I had expected. Lovely chenin blanc nose, with some wooly character and bright fruit. Prominent lime on the palate, with some sweetness, but well-buffered by the acidity. Nice wine.
NY/NJ Offline at Cellar 58 (Cellar 58, NYC): Beautiful, delicious nose with notes of florals, orange blossom, ripe orchard fruits and honey. Additional notes of wool and minerality on the palate. Elegant, medium to medium full bodied and a long finish. Excellent.
Drank from 375ml bottle. Aromas of apple, hay, white flowers and minerals. Good purity and precision on the palate with lively acidity and good balance. The last sip was the best -- this will undoubtedly improve with age, but it was enjoyable to drink today with food.
Minerally and honeyed nose. Rich, dry and well defined. Deep and layered with a great acidic structure. Very intense and tight, even a bit harsh at the moment. The kind of complex flavor profile that does not translate well into words. Gets better with every second in the glass; should be cellared for a few years.
Beau jaune doré, arômes d'Accacia, de fleurs blanches, de craie, d'ananas, de muscade. Bouche ronde, sec, acidité fraîche, belle longueur sur l'anans, les épices, une pointe d'amertume en finale. Vin d'une belle, droit, d'une trame serrée, sur le fil d'acier.
Lovely open nose of honey, citrus, flowers. Fresh white fruit with honey on the palate, a nice cool streak of acidity running through it. May be a tad sweet for my taste, and a bit one-dimensional at the moment. I lack the experience to know, but would presume it will improve with age.
Could not keep my hands off the 375 ml bottles. Pale yellow color. Lemon zest, lemon curd, green apples, wet rocks and minerals on a nose that kept opening up to reveal a flowery bouquet after 1 h on the glass. Tart yellow and waxy citrus fruits, granny smith apple and tons of minerals on the very brightly acidic palate. This comes across today as a cross between a dry austrian reisling and a sancerre.
Closed and somewhat muted nose, but what comes through is very pure, lemon and apples and minerality. The taste is extremely pure and great, it has a beautiful acidity and mineral structure. Perfectly balanced, very acidic yet ripe fruit and lots of minerality. A bit too young at the moment, will probably improve further. Great value!
This is a great wine and gets even better if you drink it the next day - which tells me I have to buy a few more bottles and let them age a few years. Pear and Mango and something spicy on the nose. Good acidity and velvety mouthfeel. Lovely!
Pretty ripe apple and pear nose. Medium bodied with medium+ acidity. Tart pear and peach along with a nice spicy ginger component. Nice minerality, piercing acidity and a long finish. A bit less ripe than the Haut Lieu sec. Fantastic.
Gahhhhhhh. Mindblowingly awesome. One of the greatest young dry Chenins I've ever tasted, perfectly nailed the vintage. I could write an elaborate tasting note, but just read what others wrote and buy it to try for yourself. I wish I could afford at least a case to drink over the next decade (or two). It just doesn't get better than this.
Opened and poured, this showed well with citrus, floral, mineral and honey aromatics. The color is a vibrant light yellow. The light/medium palate shows good balance and touch of richness to offset the acidity on the medium length finish.
Difficult to summarise this beauty after the first two days. Nose with extremely fresh primary aromas -- grapes, apple, limestone, something smoky. In the mouth it begins with a touch of an attractive sweetness and ends on a very dry note, with a lot of acidity. Formidable aromatic complexity. Delicious, juicy, lively. -- On the third day just drunk with great pleasure with a fish poached in the wine and a sauté of cabbage, red onion and capers. The acidity combined with the 9 g sugar per liter (according to Chris Cissack) makes it an excellent food wine.
Clear very pale yellow color. Deep pitched aromas of green apple, citrus zest and wild flowers. Layers and layers of tart green apples, lemon-limes, crushed rocks, limestone and minerals on a very high acid framework. Will revisit after 6+ years.
Pale yellow gold. Interesting nose showing floral aromatics and a hint of pepper. Full bodied and extremely acidic. Young Chenin apple flavors with layers of citrus peeking in. Minerality presents on the back end. Apples linger a bit. Way too young, but an enjoyable drink now with endless potential.