Opened yesterday, no decant. The acidity is present, mixing against lime, nectarine, mango, honey and a some drying astringence into the finish. Plenty of flavor intensity, no shortage of that but the wine still comes off a bit rough, lacks some delineation. Perhaps when that astringence softens out, it will all come together so for now, lots of raw material here.
I continue to be impressed with the 11 Le Mont and this LhL sec wine. Drank over two days, this displays a wonderfully pure palate, full of Chenin Blanc Granny Smith Apple and with the ever so slight suggestion of honey and soil. Plenty of supporting acidity, lots of verve, and well, just a great wine for $23 at Total Wine last summer. Should hold for many years to come.
Distinctly smoky, exotic fruits and some herbal nuance on the nose. Quite high acidity, herbality that reminds me of Sauvignon blanc, but in contrast to a SB it is medium-full bodied, also some white stonefruit on the palate. Good.
I found it delightful. Solid structure , nice fruit / acidity balance , nose , finish, just lovely. Will try to get more. I read that chinese had bought the winery, in 2012, and the winemaker left. The new owners have been trying to keep out wine press, from the resulting reviews.
I don't know how I feel about this. Day one was disturbing to me in that the wine was muted, clipped, and in a way that extends beyond what I would expect based on the difficult vintage. Day 2 was better, and the piercing aromas and length that are typical of Huet's wines showed themselves. But this is not a great sec Haut-Lieu, I don't think.
Very interesting somewhat woody nose, but with some peach/melon scents. On the tongue I can, again, get peach or cantaloupe flavors. Good acid structure—while there is some tartness, it is not enough to chase away anybody who is tart averse—makes it quite refreshing. Maybe I’m showing my inexperience, but, if I did not know better—e.g., I had not seen the label—I would have guessed that this was an Italian wine.
Light golden, clear. Mineral, with a herbal touch. After time in the glass some fruit emerges. Vinous. On day two some apple notes. High acidity, but quite rich too. Very mineral, but with a continuous lemony note in the background. Quite fine.
Book Club (Playground - Santa Ana, CA): Blind. Guessed Sancerre. I need to taste more Chenin, this is delicious. Difficult to get a color read here in the restaurant but looks like a green fresh straw color. Perfume and tart fruit rind aromas. Lemon rind on full force with a splash of Granny Smith green apple. The rind note carries through the finish which is very long. Excellent acid and mineral balance. Load up in this one.
Poured blind, 3 hours of air and served at the correct temperature. Boy, this showed so well. Lots of lemon peel-like aromas and flavors along with lime skin. Then the chenin comes into play, with green apple, peach stone fruit, honey edges and a lean, racy finish. This bottle helped me recall how much I enjoy this cuvee and in 2011, I still believe the Lieu is the best of the Secs. Drinking great, will live a long time.
I've been drinking a lot of "edgy" Loire wines lately, both white and red, and I have to admit it's nice to come back to something that just flat out delivers on expectations. On a lot of these other bottles, there's no way to know what to expect, because the labels are completely inscrutable. Grolleau anyone? The last one was nicknamed Adonis, a presumed spoonerism of Pineau d'Aunis, which could just as easily been called Pain in My Anus.
Here there's no need for second guessing. Gold color, rich heady nose of petrol and green gage plums, full-bodied, almost lush, viscous texture with petrol, ripe orchard fruits, chalk in the mid-palate, and a satisfyingly acid-defined finish that prevents any hint of flab. In short, a predictably delicious Vouvray. Not every bottle of wine needs to be a game of Survivor.
Superbe évolution depuis la dernière fois. Nez expressif sur la crème citronnée, les fleurs blanches et jaunes, le citron confit, iodé, salin, touche végétale, etc... superbe nez Bouche pleine, ample à grasse, acidité rafraîchissante+, amertume modérée, persistance longue, rétro cohérente avec le nez Conclusion : superbe évolution en bouteille ces derniers mois. Il sera difficile de résister à la dernière en cave... 90-91
PnP. Vibrant straw yellow. Lanolin floral honey dew melon dried pineapple and green bean aromas. Medium weight with an initially viscous texture that the acid rips away beautifully. Flavours echo the aroma. Big and sleek at the same time. If this is an off vintage I am eager to try an on year. Totally justified exception To my rule not to pay more than $US20 for a bottle of white wine. Looking forward to finishing off the rest of the bottle tomorrow.
13% d'alcool, 100% Chenin Blanc Oeil : paille soutenue (sans être doré), viscosité moyenne en parois Nez : projection d'intensité 3/10, frais, fruits jaunes frais et confits, sur l'agrume, la poire et l'amande verte, touche crayeuse, de fleur de sel, petit côté crèmeux/vanillé (?), pointe végétale rappelant la paille séchée, très beau nez Bouche : sec à demi-sec, acidité rafraîchissante, amertume moyenne, persistance moyenne+, rétro fruitée, minérale, végétale, florale Conclusion : très très beau, sans l'émotion des 2010, beaucoup de plaisir ici. Devrait se bonifier après un bref séjour en cave. À revoir en 2015. 88-89+
Though quite ripe, the sheer quality of the terrior allows the rich tropical flavors of pineapple and mango to come across with precision and tact. Low in acidity, but plenty of mineral verve. Agree that this is a step up from the 11 LeMont. Hope to try the 11 CdB in a week or two. Very well priced at $22.
Nez discret, fines herbes et pommes vertes. Attaque vive, bonne ampleur, finale minérale. Assez long. Maque peut-être un peu de complexité et de concentration pour être comparer aux meilleurs millésimes du cru (2005 était extraordinaire).
My first of the 2011s. Very lean and austere, with little of the waxiness or richness. A captivating nose, but the young palate is not very pleasurable at this point, with lime, acid, and a slender frame. I usually love young Huet, but this is lean and just a little mean. Quite different from the charming and other-worldly 2010s. No idea how this will develop.
The nose is a little tight, but swirling teases out scents of honey, ripe apple, grapefruit, rocks. The palate starts with lean fruit but carries forth with vibrant acidity. Some flavors of honey, lemon and tangerine. This is clearly a wine of elegance and pedigree, but the lean fruit makes it less than totally satisfying at this young age.
Pale straw and clear in the glass, just a slight hint of grassy green highlights. Muted nose of sea breeze with a slight floral note. Lean on the attack with high acid. The palate issues forth with lemon peel, under ripe apricot, the bitter note of nectarine skin, the salinity of oyster nectar, and a hard and tight mineral finish that persists for quite some time. As it warmed, it gained a touch of palate density, but remained on the lean side with plenty of salinity and acid. Later in the evening the finish brought to mind an icy granita made from oyster nectar and pink grapefruit. Delicious and interesting young Chenin Blanc with persistent finish.
Consistent with the last few bottles, great expression of floral and citrus notes. The rare wine that appeals to individuals that like more delineated fruit driven wines and those that look for complexity in young wines.
Opened to peek in on the wine and see how it might compare to last bottle. Unfortunately, the bottle got lost in a multi-course meal, as did my palate and attention. What I do recall was minerality and dried pineapple when chilled but that's about all I can remember. aghh!
Nose with perfume, ripe apple, and pear. Dry palate with rather good concentration, high acidity, pear, some mineral. Young, rather approachable, 87(+) p Residual sweetness approx. 7 g/l. Of the three dry 2011 Huets, Haut-Lieu was the most fruity wine and the one that came across as most easy to drink today.
The supper club eats and drinks well in Connecticut. (Bill's.): Showing better than a bottle I had when it was first released, the alcohol, which really stood out last time, was much better integrated, though the lightly dilute character remains. Lean, dry and nicely acidic with a yellow and white profile on the nose and palate comprised of quince, bitter almond, yellow citrus, pith and mineral. Not in the same league as the previous few vintages, but it still is nice a nice drop on a hot day. B+.
Popped and poured at around 50 degrees. Beautiful golden hue that reminds me of the locks of a certain Danish beauty I know. Distinct aromas of a co-habitaion of tropical fruits along the lines of asian pear, star fruit, and even green papaya. Not as mineral driven as recent vintages but plenty of geological matter to impress even the most ardent doctor of rocks. Many have decreed this wine to be more Oliver Hardy than Stan Laurel, but I find it to be a nice combination of the two. Enough weight to provide a nice mouthfeel combined with a lean, acidic cut. Terrific wine for $21. 91 pts.
Purchased for $22 at Total Wine. Let’s get this out of the way, no it isn’t the 2010 as so many notes have been comparing when writing a TN on a 2011 Huet. Yet, I sometimes wonder if this can be a tad misleading, concluding that the 11’s aren’t worth the time and effort to purchase and drink. Well, I for one really enjoyed the 11 Sec Le Mont and this bottle last night (yet to try the 11 CdB). Anyway, this fine Chenin is loaded with the Domaine typical mélange of mineral dusted tropical fruits, less maritime (sea breeze etc) qualities than past vintages to be sure; but a great nervous tension in the mid palate suggests a few years will be needed to unwind matters. Just a couple I would think. Very, very good.
Complex nose with apple, pear, floral notes. Viscous mouth feel. Very rich with lots of fruit that gives it a sweet edge at first but this disappears into the long acid finish. Very complex palate. A bit too much now, but in a few years it could be amazing.
- Light gold color with medium forming legs and aromas of cut green grass. It's in total harmony and has flavours of grapefruit and cut green grass with a light/medium body. Polished texture with a long finish - Very fresh and lively smell with a vivid palate.
Light yellow. In the nose quince and pear, some ripe apple. Very harmonic, but slightly closed and restrained. On the palate, strong acidity, clear fruit, some fruity sweetness. Very nice. Good potential.
Green apple with passion fruit and creamy lemon, rather long finish with soda and limestone. Not as precise, stony, deep or elegant as the 2010 Huet secs I tried, but still a delicious and compelling wine with plenty of energy in an easygoing frame. 89-91.
Mellow-for-Huet on the attack, austere but substantive/hidden mid-palate, full, flavorful, and long finish. The sweetness is moderate to low for this wine, and the acid is high but integrated. The length, again, is really impressive, and this doesn't strike me as a lesser vintage for this wine or one with less potential, but I've got a case so we'll see.
Color: Very pale gold. Nose: Very reticent white peach, citrus and minerals. Palate: Intense, tight acidity seems to be hiding nectarine, lemon curd and marzipan. I do not have enough experience with Huet to know how this will play out over time. This certainly seems like a youthfully imploded wine that I imagine will open up and show more complexity. As it is, I am enjoying the wine quite a bit, but I have to bet that my score will go up on return visits. 91 (+)
13% abv. Quite mute: the funky/woolly and citric expression of Chenin is obvious but the rest of what Chenin can be is mostly hiding. What can be sensed from the aroma would suggest a lean and tight wine but it is actually quite gentle for such a young Huet, almost demi-sec in style. But I love Huet's demi-sec so read that as a compliment. It seems very promising and I'm happy to have a bottle open to see what happens over the next few days. And I'm even more happy to have 5 more of these resting. Probably will turn out very nice, but do not open now.
Notes from day 1, pnp. Light gold in color. Nose of stone fruit, white peach, some citrus, a little mineral. Palate of white peach, lemon peel, minerals. Finish was average in length, decent acidity, rounded mouthfeel. Overall a solid wine, could feel the warmth of the vintage in the wine, but enough acid to keep it enjoyable. Drink: 50+5+11+17+6 3
Probably the 1st Huet I've had the I felt was a touch to young. Very angular and acidic but not overly out of balance. Massive citrus fruits and mineral so went well with Thankgiving dinner just not the complexity at this point.
I opened this yesterday and had a glass, simply re-corked it back to the fridge. This has some of the same ripeness as the '11 Le Mont Sec but here, the ripeness is more focused--white peach, zippy nectarine and a big load of yellow apple. As the wine finishes, some lime comes though, which carries a good ways and then a closing brushing of mineral. This tasting perspective was with a decent amount of chill so I let the wine warm up a bit. In doing that, the riper tones fill in and I mean that to say the texture fattens up. Yet, in all of that, the fruit notes really shine here and there is a length to the fruit that I really enjoy. Right now, having tasted the '11 Sec Le Mont just a few weeks ago, the Haut-Lieu here is the star, which was the opposite order I placed these same wines in the '10 vintage. So would I reload the '11 Haut-Lieu? Yes, as the fruit is the star here and it's quite delicious, and in fact really good.
(13%) Gorgeous wine, clear winner from the get go as this one captures your attention and imagination. Light and tightly wound with forward lemon, grapefruit notes backed by a lively, racy acidity. Beautiful, pure and dry (Sec)! I could drink this all day long. The type of wine that makes you a believer. Even at ~$28 a bottle I am tempted to buy a case…
Wine Geek Notes: A Rare Wine Co. Selection, Last vintage from long time winemaker
A blast of sulfur at first on the nose, followed by a generous amount of crushed rocks, lavender, fresh lemons, and sour red apples. On the palate, lost of tart green apples, lemon juice, minerals, orange peel, and more lavender. Medium+ length finish ending on notes of red apple, lemons and crushed rocks. This improved considerably with air especially on the nose. Shows a fair bit of acidity but is quite flat and lacking in depth and power on the palate. While not bad, definitely not up to the standard of top vintages. Good.