Sour apple on the nose, with hints of grapefruit and marzipan. Crisp apple and fino sherry flavors predominate, suggesting excess acetaldehyde, although not so much as to make it unquaffable. I'm not sure what happened to the demi in demi-sec as the wine comes across as quite dry, albeit with a round and pleasant mouthfeel. Overall an interesting, challenging wine, but not one I'd want to drink every day. DAY 2 UPDATE: This was better on the second day -- although the apple and fino sherry notes were still fairly prominent, the wine came across as more balanced and, frankly, pleasurable. The presumed hint of RS showed up more as a sense of richness and fullness of body, rather than sweetness per se. I would drink this with roast chicken or turkey.
WSET Level 4 Course - WSET School; 9/6/2014-5/23/2015 (WSET School, Bermondsey): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Deep Lemon colour. Nose: The nose is Clean and Fully Developed, showing Medium(+) intensity primary aromas of pear, quince, lemon, lime, melon and tertiary aromas of honey, hay. Palate: The wine is Medium Sweet in the mouth with a High level of acidity. It has a Medium Level of alcohol (13.0%). It has Medium(+) body and Medium(+) intensity primary flavours of lemon, lime, quince, pear, melon and tertiary flavours of hay, honey. The finish is Medium(+) Overall: Has very good balance between sweetness and acidity, complex and long with good concentration and structure. Conclusion: It is a Very good/Outstanding quality wine. Can Drink Now but has Potential for Ageing. Has structure and concentration to continue to age; Premium-Priced(£ 36.00 )
Huet Masterclass with Jean-Bernard Berthomé and Sarah Hwang: Just starting to deepen past light straw in colour. Pear, ash, oriental spice/sandalwood, chalk and minerals - really rocking on the nose. The sweetness seems to be of a similar level to the 07 Le Mont it was next to (I looked it up later, and this is 23g/l vs 20g/l for the Le Mont) but the acidity is a step up in level and it gives it superb spark and verve. Pure fruit and rather delicious, it is just starting to hit its straps and is delivering in a superb way. Now-10 years.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec) Expressive nose, full of minerals and bright, slightly waxy, floral elements. Full, rounded, with firm acidity on the palate. Still has the faintest spritz of carbon dioxide. Very flavoursome. Lovely weight, probably derived from the residual sugar.
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