Nose of apple, pear, a bit honeyed, some funky Chenin verve too. The palate is where this really shines as the acidity this wine once had has mellowed and rounded off while the texture is getting supple, with some appealing yeastiness, even biscuity, ample fruit sweetness, chalky, lemon mineral water. This just killed with carne asada, guajillo salsa, avo, & tons of cilantro. More advanced than all my other bottles and showing great interest for the future if this is the trajectory.
It was hot in Gatlinburg today. Brought this along and man did it hit the spot after a hot day. Refreshing, with lime and honey notes yet very dry. Not the most sophisticated bubbles or the most complex palate but perfect for today.
Blind Dinner at Mark's (Chicago, IL): Some slight stone fruit and a bit of funk on the nose. There's a floral aroma that tells you this is going to be slightly sweet. And indeed, it is slightly sweet on the palate, but there's also a subtle hint of wet fur (well, it is chenin blanc after all). Not as much of an acidic or mineral cut as I'm used to in sparkling wine, but this was quite delicious nonetheless. A little hint of green apple on the finish.
Still totally fresh and vibrant. Drank over 3 nights and it didn't lose a thing. Pear, Apple with that distinct white fruit I associate with Chenin. Just off dry. But plenty of minerality and deeply embedded acidity. Great bottle.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant) The wine has a good colour, with some evident richness, and a full pétillance. The nose is fascinating; it is immediately seductive with its rich, toothsome fruit aromas, but this is a fleeting impression on opening the bottle, and the prevailing style is more restrained than this comment suggests. There are notes of honey-drizzled sponge but these co-exist with vibrant, exuberant citrus fruits, even little hints of mango and peach. The character here is so exotic, so characterful, it is small wonder that Noël avoided using a première trie for the dosage, opting for a less rich demi-sec blend instead. I note that there is also a stony firm character to the aromatic fruit as well, though, giving some hint of balance. Rich and seductive in terms of texture, but with a very straight, lean, steel-tinged fruit character, with a good sense of frmness to the fruit. Sappy, restrained, almost a hint of sourness to it at the edge as well, so in the mouth this is certainly less seductive than the nose suggested, also less rich in comparison to some other recent vintages. A fine style.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant) Residual sugar 8 g/l, acidity 5 g/l, alcohol 12%. This vintage has been dosed with a liqueur made from a blend of demi-sec from the 2001 and 2002 vintages. It has a lovely, grainy fruit quality on the nose. A very fine style on the palate; very pure in character, upright, classic and restrained. Very soft and easy-going pétillance at this stage in the wine's evolution, with a lovely acid backbone, and a minerally, matchsticky reductive character. Fine.
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