My third glass thru Coravin. This wine sings with pure chenin notes of honey suckle, beeswax, lanolin, and blanched nuts and a touch of Meyer lemon. Long and smooth finish. Well made and easily enjoyable throughout a meal.
served with many friends to accompany lobster and shellfish. Funky chenin nose and not quite the acidity I would have hoped for, but still contrasted pretty well with ripe sweet fruit. Color not orange but very full gold. Folks were in raptures but I thought it pretty good...not sure if this gets better with time, but not sure you need to wait if you have a few bottles
Coravin 2/28/16: Yellow-golden color; nose is aromatic, orange peel, almost a little funk like brett?; palate is medium-full bodied, slight buttered popcorn, oily texture, some white fruit, acidity is medium-low; medium finish. This is a strange bottle, probably in an awkward phase, and it lacks the crisp acidity of the best Chenin blanc. I'm not sure I like this now, though I have one more bottle to try in a few years. 89-90 1 hour air: melds together a bit better; oily orange citrus on the nose; palate is showing a bit more acidity. This is interesting, though maybe still falls short of purely enjoyable. 90-91 2/29/16: Opened the rest of the bottle. A bit better integrated than yesterday. The nose has less funk, more orange rind with slight minerality; palate shows a bit more acidity than yesterday, a bit less flabby; finish is medium length. Still, this is more interesting than enjoyable. At its release price it is probably a value, but at $50-60 it's a pass. 90
Vått hår, nøtter (mandler), litt potetkjeller på duft. Lite frukt på nese. Svært fyldig i munnen samtidig som den er frisk (men ikke som en riesling). Noe merkbar sødme, men ikke mye. Mye mandelpreg i avslutningen. Kompleks og rik vin, men mangler kanskje noe friskhet for vår smak i forhold til en riesling kabinett. Er nok en matvin, men ikke spesielt god match til sushi. Vi liker dette, men foretrekker nok viner med mer syre.
Pale straw color wheat in nature. Nose of leechy, quince, honey suckle and flower. Palate is where this wine shines with lush honey, pineapple juxtaposed with citrus rind, blanched nuts and white earth. Long finish of honey suckle.
Burnished light golden. More orange than pear plus a lick of honey. Off dry. Full, soft feel, nice fruit, a dusting of spices, but a little looser and less focused than I remember. Tasty as always, but this bottle lacked verve and acidity.
Fresh tasting with the flavor of pear and grapefruit pith. A little honey but it is not what I would consider a sweet tasting wine. A delightful Chenin Blanc and soooo much better than the 2005 Foreau that I opened a few days ago.
I was nervous about opening this after a previous note mentioned that the bottle didn't show well. However, this was excellent. We opened this last night, double decanted, had a glass, and left it for tonight.
Last night, this showed fantastic complexity on the nose: tropical fruits, a hint of sherr....and lots of fantastic chalky minerality on the palate, with great body and good acidic spine to back things up. A very long finish. This didn't really taste demi-sec, closer to just sec.
Today, even better. I can't begin to describe the nose: it just keeps changing as we sit with it. Hints of mango, chalk, sea salt, slate, lime. On the palate, this is much fuller bodied than I remember it from last night. Still great acidic spine, and mouthfilling pineapple and chalk on the palate. Great, long finish. After the Robert Fleury Extra Brut champagne, you definitely see this is demi-sec, but the sweetness is just a perfect complement to everything else.
On the nose, this is everything that Joly Savennierres that we had a few months ago was not. This was a head-turner. We paired this with a mango-jalapeno-tuna-tartare and then scallops with summer tomatoes and lemon-pepper pappardelle. Went wonderfully with everything.
Hard to say, this is still very youthful. Everyone loved it for its youthful vivacity and balance, but this has a ways to go before it really starts to shine. It does seem sweeter to me than other good vintages at a similar stage, so I'm hoping that time will address that.
Sucre résiduel : 17.6 g, acidité 4.3 g et 13.5° En accompagnement d'un roti de lotte et son beurre blanc.
Bouchon : non entamé, de bonne qualité pour une fois Robe : Limpide, brillante, pas évoluée Nez : 1er nez sur la pomme, le coing, puis cela ne cesse d'évoluer sur le pamplemousse, une pointe de citron, puis le miel. Très riche aromatiquement En bouche : on retrouve des arômes similaires, c'est très fin avec une très très belle longueur, une finesse et un excellent équilibre sucre/acidité. Excelllent Tout le monde a adoré.
Lobster night at home. I wanted to check in on this still young Huet. Full of lanolin, beeswax and some quinine. Great purity of fruit and the depth of the 2005 vintage is clear here as it still needs time to unwind. Nice today but much more potential. 50+13+12+8+8=91+(+?)
Yellow. Underripe pineapple. Textural but seems a bit lighter than usual for this cuvee. Off dry. Slightly crystallized tropical fruit is joined by a twist of citrus, and a ton of earth that I associate with Clos du Bourg carries through to the end. Excellent sugar/acid balance in this bottle. I've had this a few times this year. Whereas last time, I did not find a lot of structure, tonight was very different. Just a dream Demi-Sec in terms of balance.
Huet tasting Sec, Demi-Sec and Moelleux from different vintages (Andis Home): Colour: Light yellow Nose: Firstly again this very conspicuous mix of confectioner's sugar mixed with vanillin. Then more orange & lemon aromas than in the Sec. Also pear and kumquat. Palate: The higher sugar level is good for the wine. Give it a bit more roundness & brighter shoulders. Good acidity which keeps everything in balance. Again a nice spicy, ginger note on the mid-palate. Medium+ body. Medium finish.
Really pleasant Vouvray that is perfectly ready to go and holds up well before, during, and after dinner. Light to medium body, with a touch of sweetness but an elegant profile, this is a lot of fun to drink in the summer. A-
Oh my, what a beautiful place this wine is in now. Light tulip color. Quintessential Chenin nose of pear, honey, spice, and a tad of mint for even greater interest. Medium weight, completely seamless and integrated, a little sugar balanced by adequate acidity. Tremendous length and that lovely Clos du Bourg soil on the finish. Considering aging potential, one could quibble with the acidity not being higher, but no argument with the statement that it is disarmingly delicious at present. Probably time to start tucking in if you have significant stock.
White Frenchies at Sea Change (Sea Change at the Guthrie, Mpls, MN): Light gold color. PNP, drank 1 glass over 90 minutes. Slow to evolve in glass, initially rather reserved and non-descript (Craig mentioned a spoiled milk note), but it blossoms after 45 minutes to reveal a tropical character, nectarine, peach, passion fruit, and distinct minerality. The palate has marked viscosity, lemon oil, citrus zest, earthy, apricot, passion fruit, medium bodied, slate, medium finish. This is a wine that requires some time to emerge to full appreciate.
It's been nearly 4 years since the last one, and, as expected, it's travelling a very fine path. Opened up at about the 45 minute mark with vibrant aromas and lively acids floating the not insignificant stone fruits and crushed rocks swirling all about. Likely to hit its peak in just a few more years and hold there for a decade, if not longer. Impressive, immensely pleasurable drop; get some if you can. recommended
Light tulip yellow. Bright citrus and musky florality. Magical weight, balanced between glycerine fleshiness yet a real sense of lightness. Off dry with marvelous combination of orange and pear. Deeply embedded at the back end is intense grapefruit pith (which brought Sancerre to mind) and a ton of soil. This somehow manages to achieve great balance despite lower acidity than years such as 2002 or 2010. Just delicious and it seemed tighter and better structured than it was when I last tried it about 2 years ago. I certainly hope this is true since I have a lot of this left to drink through!
Tasted non blind at a wine dinner. Opened and served immediately. Followed over about 90 minutes.
Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose of kumquat, orange and camphor. Flavors of apricot, kumquat and minerals. Medium to bright acidity, medium to full bodied. Drink or hold. I'd likely hold. Still a baby and might be entering a shut down phase.
A small glass with dessert. This was showing pretty shut down but there's a ton of underlying material here. Apple sauce, honey, and almonds on the nose, where you can smell the chenin wooliness. Structure dominates the palate, where there's currently a hole in the midlde, but the finish, while austere, is long and intense. This tastes drier than some secs I've had, and I think it just needs a long sleep, or a lot of air, to fully fill out. Come back in 10 years.
Light yellow color in the glass, clear looking throughout. Nose was very mildly corked. Palate was muted as a result (yes, I did take a small sip to make sure it was corked). Shame, normally a wonderful wine. Others disagreed with me it was corked.
Steve & Barb's house. Light yellow and an interesting wine to drink right after the '07 Sec. The residual sugar and the power, depth and balance of the '05s makes all the difference here. '07 will never match '05 in my opinion. Medium bodied and already very layered for such a young Huet. The sugar/acid balance is spot on here. The layers and depth that this wine is starting to show is fascinating. It is a great Huet in the making and proof of my theory on '05 ZH and Huet both hiding so much in reserve upon release. A little sweetness on the finish but not much. The only question is the aging curve on this. Does it get any better? Does it hold like this for 50+ years? There is no doubt it will be a stunning wine for many decades to come. Another one where I'm happy I went long. 50+13+14+9+9=95(+?)
ordered off the list at Boulevard in SF. beautiful nose of pear, lillies & seashells. on the palate, wildflower honey, green apples & minerals. slightly more full & rich than the sec. as with most Huets, the balance here is exemplary. tremendous.
Gorgeous bouquet, showing quince, grapefruit, and garden flowers. Lovely right now, although still very much in its infancy. Quince and ripe pink grapefruit dominate the palate, with accents of honey and wildflowers. I love the sugar level here, just enough to make you want more, and it dissipates along the mid, only to return on the finish as freshly squeezed oranges. Grapefruit and limestone complete the long finish. Excellent balance and bright acidity.
Tasted immediately after opening. Pale gold color. A complex nose of orange, mineral and spice. Rich and full-bodied. Citrus and honey are the predominant flavors but there is much more in this glass. The gentle sweetness is perfectly balanced by tart acidity. It has a long and succulent finish.
Root 246 Dinner (Root 246, Solvang, California): Opened and served immediately at a wine dinner. Light yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Light and delicate nose of honeysuckle, lychee and wet stones. Once again light and delicate flavors on the palate of honey, lililkoi and minerals. Medium acidity, light to medium body. Drink or hold. 90-92.
Fresh and vibrant bouquet of honeydew, lavender, lilac, and honeysuckle. Sweet melon, grapefruit and oranges full on palate; honeysuckle and white pepper delicately play on the mid. Tangy, spicy, mineral finish that hangs forever. Still very young. Brilliant!
pop n pour consumed over 3 nights. Fairly reticent nose on the first night and somewhat on the second night, too. This opened up to reveal several layers of fruit and minerality on the nose and palate. Ripe mango, persimmon, peach and wet stones follow through with superbly balanced layers of fruit and seriously focused acidity. This has the stuffing for 15+ years, and I'd recommend a hold at this point of at least 3-5 yrs. Approx $30, drink thru 2024
Light yellow color in the glass, clear hue throughout. Nose of sulphur, light apricot notes, papaya and a dash of orange. Light flavors of apricot, orange and a bit of peach. Mediium to bright acidity, medium body. Seems a bit closed at the moment so no rating at this time. Continue to hold.
Straw yellow color. Perfumed tropical fruit nose. Melon, apple and pear fruit on the palate. Well balanced with very nice complexity and elegance on the finish. I've had very bad luck with this wine. The first bottle was off and the second was corked. This outing has restored my faith in Huët. A beautiful wine.
Day after from memory, and not much of that to speak of. This came early in the evening and was served with some simply grilled shrimp that had been marinated in high quality EVO, lemon, and rosemary. It was an excellent match. The Clos du Bourg had a racy nose that I seem to recall had elements of ripe pear and lime zest but that's not reliable at this point. Out there on the edge of sweetness but with an appealingly off dry mineral-laced finish (I might be making this up, just can't be sure). A beautifully made wine from a dedicated practitioner of biodynamics (since 1990). Must have been a fruit day yesterday.
Blind Night (Scott): Pale yellow color. Tastes of pear, melon and pineapple. Quite spicy. Nice mid palate length and depth but the finish is a bit fat and flabby. Could use more acidity. Full bodied with and oily texture.
2005 and 2006 Huet (San Francisco Wine Trading Company): Lighter yellow like the '05 Sec wines. Not giving much aromatically. A very different animal than the Le Mont Demi-Sec, this is lighter, racier, and more ethereal, with a distinct peachiness to the fruit. Its sense of weightlessness is more like a German Riesling, but it stealthily glides through your mouth and leaves a delicious, lingering finish. Terrific with outstanding potential.
Mixed wines (Terkels appartment): Golden yellow color. Aromas of peach sirup and flowers. Some sweetness is present on the palate, but an flowery elegance starts the taste, but a complex midpalate takes over. Long taste and a superb balance between the sweetness and the acidity.
Stellar wine! Beautiful up-front white fruit (peaches), and terrific palate presence; rich, mouthfilling. Bracing acidity provides great balance to the slight sweetness, and gives the wine a sense of lightness, notwithstanding the richness. Top quality wine, with a long life ahead of it.
Color: straw, more golden-yellow than greenish tinged (not as “oolong”-tinged as some vouvrays). Aroma: Very nice nose -- light peach, talcum powder, hint of grass and a light scent of clover. Taste: a touch of honey on the tip of the tongue, something reminiscent of warm summer days, maybe warm melon or light peachiness. Overall: Sweetens up as it warms – more citrus sharpness when its cold. I like the palate best at about cellar temp, I think, rather than at room or a chilled temperature. However, the nose came through at all temps. Superb.
Extremely focused and with a razor sharp precision. This is five years too young but still very enjoyable. If you're planning on having it in the near future, give it lots of air time! Will be stellar!!
Tasting with Noel Pinguet at Domaine Huet (Vouvray, France): Pale colored and with 17 g/l residual sugar this wine has a wonderful depth to it with great finesse. A delicate and filigreed wine, this was the first wine to remind me of the '05 Zind Humbrecht lineup in that there seems to be lots of power in reserve that will take this wine through a long and wonderful life. 50+12+13+8.5+8.5=92+
Melon, lanolin, talcum, some citrus on nose. Nice weight on palate, with yellow and white fruits and gentle sweetness framed by bracing acidity. Minerality is hiding a bit under the fruit sweetness, though i get hints of it on the moderate finish. While lacking complexity at this stage, it's a very pretty wine with finesse and impeccable balance.
Robe très claire. Nez assez fermé, avec des nuances d'agrumes (orange) et de fleurs (tilleul ?). Bouche aérienne, comparable à un Riesling allemand. Beaucoup de précision, d'élégance et de délicatesse, minéralité partiellement masquée par la douceur.
Open, and drinking beautifully right now, but should age gracefully. Very ripe, with just a slight note of honey, but impeccably balanced. Chalky stone, great acidity, asian pear, honeydew melon on the palate. Long, constantly evolving, finish. Fantastic young wine.
Beautiful. Ripe melon, pear, and lemon balm on the nose, with bright ehco of those flavors on the palate, also a pure rainwater type of sensation. full bodied, with a touch of honey at the finish. cellarworthy.