Medium yellow. A beacon of pure yellow apple and pear fruit without much, if any, botrytis. Spherical Chenin feel, off dry, crisp acidity at the end and that long, pure, crystalline fruit. Not quite as much soil as in the Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec by my recollection. This is pretty much ideal off dry Vouvray just reaching its peak-gorgeous wine!
Excellent and eye-opening. Pronounced pineapple against a peachy backdrop. Aromas of honey, white flowers, roasted marshmallows, and wax. Full-bodied without being syrupy or viscous. I usually disfavor sweet table wines, but I like the sweetness here.
Just based on the way this tastes now, without any experience with aging Vouvray, I think this wine would age wonderfully. It appears to be developing a noble waxy note similar to petrol in riesling. But Jancis Robinson says 2008-2014!?
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont) Light lemon yellow color; nice mineral, yellow apple, wet wool, pear, nutty nose; tasty, poised, tart white fruit, yellow apple, pear, very minerally palate with a sense of white pepper; medium-plus finish 92+ pts.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) Very expressive and obvious development here - we are in a very different arena than the 2008s. Brown sugar on the nose, honey and vanilla, all rather open and diffuse. There is good freshness on the palate, some nice structural elements, a little grip too. It is polished but overall rather flat today, and I think this is going through a very awkward phase fairly typical of maturing Chenin. It could be enjoyed now, but it would be much better left for another five years (or maybe many more judging by the subsequent wines); that will bring a better composition and depth of flavour too.
(Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) This was very good and easily the best stuff made at this legendary estate since the brilliant 2002's. But my big problem with the wine was the acid was not there for me. It seemed a touch formless and gave off a little heat on the finish. The nose was great. Tons of wet earth, copper, spice, almonds, damp hay and some apple fruit. Kept expanding throughout the night. It was pure on the palate and creamy but this really needed more acidity. If that extra acid kick was there this would be close to the 2002.....but my conclusion is that it is a couple notches down.
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