Very smoky upon opening, something in there needs to blow off, and it does, revealing secondary aromas that are very pure and clean of wool and wax and rock - Chenin funk in spades. The wine is very rewarding, balanced and fresh tasting even though it is over 20 years old now. Pure and with a fleshy and attractive fruit character, delicious. Never really loses that flinty smoky sense though, which is not something i know from other Bourg demi-sec bottles, and which for me mars the wine a bit.
I did a Huet Chenin Blanc tasting for friends. This was one of the offerings. My favorite of the four along with another, with rest liking a Moelleux. Honey and pear on the nose. Lemon and stone on the palate that ends with a hint of sweetness. The finish was long. This wine just kept getting better. I really like the Demi-secs.
Not a great showing, and I fear this bottle was mildly oxidized or at least lacking the energy and intensity one expects from a Huet. The cork was in ideal condition, without any mold on top (as had been reported below for some bottles). The color was acceptable, though perhaps a touch too golden for its age - very difficult to state with any certainty, of course. The nose and palate showed typical Vouvray characteristics along with a sherry-ish note that struck me as much too advanced for such a relatively young wine. The sweetness was not balanced by its rather anemic acidity, and was very nearly cloying. Drinkable, but unmemorable, it's complexity and intensity on a downward trajectory from first glass to last.
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