Anniversary weekend at Fearrington with Alan & Lehna. As with many other occasions with this wine my notes simply say "lightning in a bottle". Slightly but previous bottles so no perfect score for this one but it was plenty enjoyable. I still believe that the best Cuvee Constance yet made is this inaugural vintage and that it is still on the upswing part of its' aging curve. 14.5+14.5+9.5+9.5=98
Not a perfect bottle. Bought at auction and seem to have been stored to warm. The colour is between dark amber and Coca Cola. A sweet Chenin Blanc from 1989 should be much more vital than this. I've had a Moulin Touchais 1949 that was younger in colour than this one. Quite nice bouquet though ... fudge, raisins, brown sugar, honey and caramel. Reminds me of an old Madeira. But a bit medecinal. It even taste like an old Madeira.
I was toald that this wine is one of the two wines M. Broadbent gave the score 6 out of 5. But this bottle was not in the best shape. Still I give this wine 90-91p ... so I bet this wine is wonderful if it is a bottle in good or great shape. I will look for this wine in the future.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Cuvée Constance) A rich and golden orange hue. A truly fabulous nose, simply loaded with the aromas of crystalline honey, sweet pastries, clean and evocative, with rich, crunchy and well defined fruit and yet it sings of ethereal precision as well. There is great definition and sweetness, all with an intense, precise, smoky, golden-honeycomb lift. This is just remarkable. I lingered over the aromatics of this wine more than any other at this tasting. Pure on entry, defined and rich, supple and yet full of layers of rich botrytis-influenced fruit, this wine has an incredible presence on the palate, very broad and yet it doesn't for one moment feel heavy or flat. It is a tour de force in selection and winemaking, impressing not with power or absolute level of residual sugar but in the way it dances purely across the palate. Absolutely stunning. A class apart.
(Huet Vouvray "Cuvee Constance") I was very excited to try this. It was closed, awkward and weird. There was nice botrytis development as the nose was praline, dusty spicey earth, marmalade and almonds. The palate was kind of blah-zay with not much going on and turned in on itself. Nice wine for sure with a killer finish and good acidity and freshness but give this 50 years and check back. Full bottle too. Maybe would be a touch more developed in a 1/2 bottle.
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