Lovely Vouvray. Paler colour than much 10+ year old dry. Expressive nose full of pineapple, quince, wax and minerals. Medium+ bodied palate with a hint of sweetness perfectly balanced by lively mouth watering acidity, fine white fruit, silky texture, good underlying "gras" and replay of the aromas from the nose culminating in a decently long finish. With a touch more nervous tension and backbone, this would be perfect.
Dry 2005 Chenin blanc from Loire: Autumnal nose of mushrooms, Camembert, cheesy, somewhat dirty malolactic nose, may be even gouache smell. A bit tight and linear, more substance than elegance (agree to Winedoctor here). Not a match for Le Mont, but paired well with food.
According to GF, now equal to the 2005 Clos du Bourg. I'm told it was a sensation with turkey & stuff. So buy any of these Huet sec you come across (this one plus Bourg & Le Mont), always, just on principle.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) This cuvée has 6 g/l residual sugar. A pale lemon-straw hue in the glass. The nose is still pretty well defined despite the warmth of the vintage; there is lemon and grapefruit, with a herby-chalky and rather flinty-gunpowdery note, along with tinges of face cream. This is certainly tightening up compared to previous tastings; it is tauter, with none of that seductive peach skin here any more. It is quite supple in style on entry although it shows more substance than elegance, with yellow plum and golden star fruit character, all framed in a nice, crystalline acidity. Nice purity too, sappy, lots of toothsome barley-like extract, and plenty of length in the finish. Ultimately, this is a very classically styled Vouvray, but I would counsel not opening at present if you have any; it is all a bit tight and linear at present.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) Not ideal conditions to taste this, as it was poured at a colleague's house prior to then going out for dinner. One advantage though, is that with a large crowd in attendance, I had the opportunity to sample from a number of different bottles. The first taste from a bottle that had been open a little while showed a nose which was pure and defined, lifted, rich and minerally. The substance of the vintage comes through on the palate, which is weighty but very well framed by acidity and overall it is a delight. Subsequent bottles were tighter - they were popped and poured - but just as wonderfully linear and defined, and clearly this is a wine with great potential (although also delicious now).
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) A clear, shimmering hue. A lovely organic nose, stony and gritty, with fruit aromas along the lines of peach skin, yellow plum and lemons, with notes of pine nuts. Fabulously fresh and deeply characterful on the palate, broad, huge in terms of composition. Lots of substance, almost meaty, with a little grip too. Finely fresh acidity, tingling its way through the midpalate, with a really forceful finish where all the components vie for your attention. A dense wine, with a great length, fanning out to give even more pleasure. A brilliant wine, with huge potential for the future.
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