Really open nose, you can smell it from across the room with notes of baked lemon fruits and flower blossoms. Really rice and quite full with a huge density of flavour. Full of sweet fruit yet floral and honeyed with a lovely barley character and some quince jelly and orange peel. Layers and layers of flavour across the palate with a little classic lanolin Chenin note that appears at times. The acidity is good; as someone written in the comments below, nearly ten years old yet still very fresh and youthful. Superb.
Tasted right after an argon-wine exchange without cork removed. What does it makes a chenin ? Indeed the nose could be taken for a chardonnay, honey is unperceptible, ... yes some lime blossom, ... not so obvious. The mouth give the answer : lemon blossom, lemon, and honey with a sweat-mineral long after taste. Very elegant and fine. Aerial and gently chalky. Interesting, there's no tertiary notes after nine years, undefatigable. Excellent.
Bouteille et bouchon en parfaite condition. Robe tilleul. Nez sur les poires, les coings, une touche de pétrole sur la fin. En bouche, le vin apparaît tout d'abord comme doux, puis très vite une belle acidité s'installe. Il y a aussi beaucoup de complexité et de longueur. C'était notre première expérience avec ce vin et tous l'ont beaucoup aimé. Excellent.
The last time I tried it, two years ago, it wasn't quite ready. I think it still needs another year or two but the progression since 2012 is quite impressive. Quince, citronnelle and acacia aromas, with a sweet, ripe attack of pear and citrus fruits, then a touch of peach but mainly waves of deep honey. A wave of acidity lifts the middle section in the usual Huet way, before a long, luxuriant finish. Exceptional.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec) This cuvée has 8 g/l residual sugar in this vintage, and a pale lemon-gold hue in the glass. On the nose a very pure style of fruit, yellow plum and star fruit, with a crunchy, splintered, slightly honeycomb edge and a much greater depth of minerals than shown by Le Haut Lieu at present. There is a chalky-stony element to it, and a pure slightly creamy edge to the character on the nose. Plenty of flesh on the midpalate, rich but with plenty of linear acidity. Defined, pure and primary, sappy and powerful, this has delicious potential and will be very long lived in the cellar. Delicious, less closed down than Le Haut Lieu, but nevertheless fairly tight right now and certainly still on the way up - although coming back to it hours later, it did show a much more supple and accessible character, with a fine, bitter grip. This is going to be delicious.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec) This bottle shows a little differently to the one I recently drank at 21212; whereas that one seemed very open and intensely minerally, this bottle seems very tight, linear and pure (more what I would expect from the wine and the vintage at present). There is cleanly defined stone fruit on the nose, with a slightly steely element to it. Nevertheless there is an elegant depth to the palate, crisp but well polished with stony, white fruits. The finish is delineated, pure but very, very long. This is a fine vintage for Huet, although in all honesty I think there is success here every year at the moment. Give this 8-10 years (or indeed longer) and it will be great.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec) A great opportunity to try one of these at a visit to the recently opened 21212 restaurant in Edinburgh, home to Paul Kitching. The nose starts off in a very inorganic way with a number of novel aromas not noted with previous tastings of this wine. There is a cordite, gun-powder element, a little sulphurous in character; I think at least part of this, however, is an intense minerality perhaps exacerbated by being served a touch too warm by the sommelier. Once chilled a little more the wine shows a much more typical profile. Defined, quite pure in fact, clean but full and fairly weighty, this fabulous wine has great potential. I have half a dozen in the cellar, bottles which I should try to leave well alone for now!
(Huet Vouvray Le Mont Sec) This was slightly closed but a fabulous wine. Great nose of slightly underipe caramel, spice, wet wool, almonds and astounding minerality. The palate is clean and precise with a suggestion of sweetness and a wonderful complex finish. Started to open up aromatically right at the end of the meal. The nose become very floral and the palate had more cut and definition but ultimately this wine did not have the snap of the brilliant '02.
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