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Community Tasting Notes (35) Avg Score: 91.7 points

  • Such a well made wine! Delicious nots of cantaloupe, golden apple, with intoxicating mineral and floral undertones, great fruit on the palate with just the right balance of acidity to keep it fresh and persistent

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  • Maison Kayser - The Brad Kane Experience; 6/2/2015-6/6/2015: yellow apples, indian spices, opens up with time to show more orchard fruit. some sweetness and honey but obviously losing that and developing more minerality. nice long ripe finish. just delicious!

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  • A very impressive conclusion to this wonderful line-up of Huet wines. Wet wool, ripe fruit, bruised apples, quince(?) on the nose - slightly floral and musky too. On the palate a nice touch of sweetness at first, then the acidity takes over, quite bright and very vibrant. Lots of energy, wonderfully pure notes of citrus fruit. Very youthful and edgy, needs time but should evolve beautifully. 92-93+

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  • Loved it. It is expensive at £28 British sterling - from The Wine Society - but it is a 'special occasion' wine after all. Tasted Christmas 2014, so good bottle age. It still retains enough acidity to suggest it will further develop in the cellar, but to be honest I liked the slight freshness of the acid now to balance that glorious mature Chenin fruit. I have one further bottle, and I won't be keeping it much longer. In a small comparative tasting, I had it alongside a Millton's Chenin Blanc 2013 from New Zealand, the Huet Vouvray being twice the price. That's fine, it's twice the wine! Impressive intensity, power and charm, lovely orange stone-fruit, on the heavy side of medium bodied, a nice citrus edge to the Chenin flavours, honey too, this is big white wine which needs to be well chilled. There is an earthy terroir impression to this wine, a charming aspect you get from top whites from the Loire. When I open my remaining bottle of the Huet 2008 I will put it up against NZ's Astrolabe Wrekin Vineyard Chenin Blanc (approx £12), asides from the Millton's my go-to NZ Chenin.

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  • Quince with a special tartness. This followed a meat with red-wine course and opened up with cheese and crackers. Very good QPR. Worth keeping in mind for other multi-wine meals.

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Vinous

  • By Joel B. Payne
    Focus on Loire Valley Chenin Blanc (Dec 2014), 11/1/2014, (See more on Vinous...)

    (Huet Vouvray Demi-sec Le Haut Lieu) Subscribe to see review text.

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Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2011, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5 points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) Residual sugar 29.8 g/l, alcohol 13.2%. A beautiful nose, showing huge development here, evolving Chenin character, with evidence of early complexity, with a sweet and floral edge. The palate is no disappointment, the style sweetening and evolving in the mouth, with notes of acacia, honey, all the beauty of the evolving demi-sec style. Full of totally delicious, complex, savoury elements. This is incredible wine which is showing better than ever. Further reinforcement of what a stunning vintage this is for demi-sec.
  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) A great vintage for demi-sec, and I have been intent on adding some to the cellar. Intense character, honeyed richness, broad and fleshy on the palate, grippy with plenty of structure. Although it is packed with substance there is also elegance here, and as usual this wine shows in a very impressive fashion. Great potential.

Garagiste

  • By Jon Rimmerman
    4/18/2010, (See more on Garagiste...)

    (Le Haut Lieu (demi-sec)) Huet

    Dear Friends,

    This is a quick weekend offer but it requires little introduction.

    Huet is one of my favorite producers and there are times when I tried to convince myself that I no longer need red wine in my cellar...if all of it could be replaced by Huet. Certainly Margaux and Lafite have a special place in my heart but Huet ranks right up there with any wine entity and the prices are downright silly for the level of quality and potential ageing ability (those of you that sampled the 1919 Huet at Per Se several years ago will attest to that). For more detailed information on the winery and TN's on all of the below, please see: http://www.thewinedoctor.com/tastingsprofile/huet.shtml

    A deal I couldn't pass up, this parcel contains pre-packed 6-packs with six different bottles of Huet from the 2007 and 2008 vintage - it's a stellar starter kit for anyone interested in the discovery of this top house. You can look up whatever you need to but all are excellent wines and the 2008 demi-secs are simply terrific (if I recall Neil Martin had a mini love fest over the quality of the 2008s and so did I - the 2007s are no slouch either).

    Here goes - "first growth" Chenin Blanc, in six different forms - from dry (sec) to sweet (moelleux) and in-between (demi-sec), one bottle of each wine at an outstanding tariff (I'll save you the time and effort of looking up each of these - it's a very good price and the provenance is second to none):

    Huet 6-Pack
    1 - 2007 Le Haut Lieu (demi-sec)
    1 - 2007 Le Haut Lieu (sec)
    1 - 2007 Le Mont (sec)
    1 - 2007 Clos du Bourg (moelleux)
    1 - 2008 Le Haut Lieu (demi-sec)
    1 - 2008 Le Mont (demi-sec)

    Thank you,

    Jon Rimmerman
    Garagiste
    Seattle, WA
    Loire8729

Winedoctor

  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2010, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) The third time with this wine which I tasted in February and September last year; it is showing a consistent and delicious style. A beautiful essence of white peach and spring flowers on the nose, with a lovely seam of stony minerality too. A finely composed palate, textured, with appealing substance. A great and vibrant style, overall a super wine which is surely one of Huet's greatest demi-secs ever.
  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18.5+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) Residual sugar here is 27 g/l. This has a beautiful and captivating nose, to describe it as breath-taking would not be over the top. There are complex nuances here, of fresh vanilla pod, beeswax and crystalline flower petals. All the same it does have it does have a rather softer, rounded character than Le Mont today. Full, fleshy, flattering, with lovely tingling acidity at its core though. Great bright fruit, honeyed and stylish, rounded, with a fine supporting backbone of grip. There is a background touch of caramel richness in the end too. Long finish. Stunning wine.
  • By Chris Kissack
    February 2009, (See more on Winedoctor...) 18-18.5+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) There is 27 g/l of residual sugar in this cuvée. It kicks off with a very attractive, floral nose with a pretty, aromatic character over gently golden fruits, although I suspect with time this will show more richness on the nose. The palate is just fabulous; explosive, lively and vivacious, before revealing a firm and stony backbone in the midpalate, a broad sweetness and fine acids. Great balance right through to the finish. Brilliant wine.

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