I didn't enjoy this as much as I remember my other bottles from a few years ago, not sure if this was a less-than-perfect bottle or just no longer at its absolute best, but it was more diffuse and less focused than I remember, also less fresh and detailed. That's still in relative terms though as it was certainly an enjoyable bottle with honey and floral notes to go along with the sunny chenin fruit. I held onto the glass expecting it to show more detail with air but combined with losing its chill the effect was to make it fatter and more nebulous. oh well.
Slight oxidation notes, quite big and complex, something flowery and something nutty going on, fairly thick texture, demands food. In the prime of life. Dry, but there is so much going on that it doesn't feel dry.
Very light yellow for this age. Lots of citrus with a hint of both pineapple and pear on the nose. Medium weight, the texture is completely harmonious, amazingly dry without being at all shrill. Just a bit of late arriving sweetness and honey. Excellent acidity. Relaxed, calm, and laid back rather than assertive in either aromatics or flavor, but wonderfully fresh and well balanced. I'm so happy I had a chance to try a pristine example after the only other bottle that was corked. This could still go on for a while.
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(Huet Vouvray Haut-Lieu Sec) Amazingly complex nose of grilled nuts, mineral, white flowers. Compelling and layered aromas. Palate was stunning with amazing lightness of touch. Layers of nuts, white fruits and mineral. Three dimensional in the mouth. Great finish. One of the best whites from the Loire I have ever had. Who says dry Chenin won't age?
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