Souper chez Gilles Martin (Orford): Un nez fascinant, complexe, de camphre, pierre à fusil, miel, coing, pomme chaude. La bouche est d'une acidité basse, aérienne, crayeuse. J'étais sur un 2002, sa jeunesse est impressionnante. Superbe vin, qui confirme la sagesse faire vieillir les vins du domaine, même les secs. 92 pts
Telling fact about this wine was that it was much better on Sunday night than it was on Friday when it was first opened. Initially it was slightly austere and closed, but 2 days sitting in the bottle added depth and honey and tamed down the acidity. If you are drinking this now, then open the bottle the day before and leave it in the cellar/fridge, or decant in the morning.
An entirely different beast from the first bottle. This was all minerals and lanolin with a touch of smoke on the nose. And with after nearly 3hrs came around with a palate of stone fruit and a touch of honey. Still the acidity was a tad lacking.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec) It's a great opportunity for me to try this wine alongside the 2005, a glimpse perhaps of what the more recent vintage might offer. It has a glorious, pure, pale-golden hue. The nose carries aromas of crystalline quince and herbal tea, with a great, liquid-rock minerality. This has purity yet also richness. This character comes through on the palate as well, with has a lovely, evolved, mouth-filling, surprisingly fleshy richness which is nicely balanced out by the dry structure. There is a touch of crystalline fruit and grip at the finish. Very good indeed, beautiful now, no need to rush to drink here, and indeed may well develop further.
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