This was a lovely surprise tonight. Nose of red apples, lemons, and rose hips. Balance was just perfect, not overly sweet, not too acidic, just perfect. The finish was silk. This paired fantastic with chicken marsala. Huet usually has underperformed for me. This wine changes my mind.
More Vouvray with lunch including two Huet I hadn't had before. (David's.): It's nice to catch up on this one as it's been a couple of years since I last had it. Rather surprisingly, this was fairly shut down whereas the Foreau was still open and approachable. Normally it's the other way around by age five. There's terrific yellow fruit and chalky mineral here in an off dry package, though the fruit has moved more into the background and the acidic structure is more pronounced. Still provides lots of pleasure, but I'm going to let mine sleep now. Brilliant wine. A.
A very interesting showing for this wine. Initially, a nose of seaweed with fairly strong iodine notes. With Thai food, the acidity and the fruit shone, with a fairly pronounced quince fruit character. The color of the wine was golden and the mouthfeel downright viscous. Really fine.
Exceptional wine. Complex, lightly honeyed Huet waxiness. Excellent intensity. Improved with air but we drank the bottle before it really got to show its stuff. Obviously, very young. Not quite the 2010.
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...a few more re-order request items I’ve been able to secure and an anticipated new release from the Gramercy Cellars/Waters partnership (21 Grams) that’s become one of the most sought after wines in Washington State.
Happy Mothers Day to all!
- Jon Rimmerman
2005 Girls in the Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (Red Hills) - STRICT LIMIT 12/person (compare at ) This wine has struck a chord with so many of you. It was one of the most popular offers of the last several years the first time around and the re-order requests continue to come in daily. A win/win wine with a most unusual and elegant style for California.
2007 Mystery Wine #4 (cork/not screw cap) Columbia Valley - STRICT LIMIT 3/person (price is up almost /bottle but it’s still less than the of the regular label sitting on store shelves as I type this. I tasted both side by side and they are indistinguishable. BTW, since we offered this the regular label has gone on to receive 93-95pts from one of the major critics. This parcel is miniscule so please adhere to the 3/person max)
2008 Huet Vouvray Le Mont demi-sec - (JG94) STRICT LIMIT 3/person (30+ years of ageing potential?)
2007 Cerbaiona IGT - (WA89) STRICT LIMIT 3/person (89pts? I don’t think so - JR.)
2008 “21 Grams” (Gramercy Cellars/Waters) - STRICT LIMIT 3/person (this is the new vintage of 21 Grams – it’s is as close to a “cult” wine as Washington State has and hardly any goes to retail - EXTREMELY LIMITED) From the winery: “21 Grams has historically had a large proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon, finished off by Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Four years in a row, the Cabernet Sauvignon from Cold Creek has stood above the rest and provided the base of the wine. For 2008, the Merlot lot from Seven Hills and Petit Verdot lot from Sagemoor were so stellar they demanded their way into the blend. The final breakdown is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14 % Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot, sourced from Cold Creek, Seven Hills, Sagemoor, Portteus, Va Piano and Phinney Hill. Continuing their dedication to producing the highest-quality wine possible for 21Grams, both Waters and Gramercy have recently added new, elite vineyard sources to the mix. The 2008 vintage delivers the refined, smooth and balanced wine we have come to expect from 21 Grams. However, there are subtle differences as this vintage is more bold and upfront, with a fullness of herb and spice more intense than in the past. Earth, cedar and a sweetness of brown sugar and cooked caramel apples dominate the aromatics. Dark fruits explode alongside notes of green olive, clove and cardamom with a smooth finish. 110 cases produced”
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) The nose here is floral, with elements of rich beeswax and certain complexity. Great composure, supple, with spicy elements behind the ripe layer of fruit. This has a very fine grip; what a superb wine this is. Another wine which will be delicious to drink at all stages in its evolution, which will slowly unfold over the coming half century (and perhaps beyond).
We offered this wine as part of a 6-pack earlier in the year but I had not tasted it in nearly 6 months - that changed over the weekend when I had the great pleasure of enjoying it over an entire evening (first quite cold and then warmed to room temperature) and again last night - what a wine!
Domaine Huet is among my favorite wineries in the world. As I've said in the past, there are times when I'm tempted to place Huet on "desert island" status as my one choice for vinous fulfillment should I be stranded in the next series of Lost. While I'm a red wine enthusiast first, Huet is always in the mix as one of the preeminent first growth estates of Europe and their treasure rarely disappoints, even with 100 year old examples that are shocking and still full of vibrancy.
With all the accolades and adoration, what many do not realize about Huet is their staunch commitment to 100% biodynamic and organic Chenin Blanc. Their Vouvray is produced as naturally as possible and they were among the pioneers of the Loire Valley with regard to successful implementation of organics in a quasi-commercial sense. While Huet is far from what most of us think of when we use the world "commercial", they are one of the only entities in the northern Loire (in this case Vouvray) with an acumen akin to Chateau Margaux or Latour - in other words, they mean business - in both a vinous and profit sense. The difference is that, at Huet, profit has never usurped their dedication to the consumer and the simple enjoyment of the evening meal. In addition, it has never interfered with their dedication to offer wine of value and also of great complexity and ageing potential. At Huet, the earth and the health/well-being of the consumer are aligned as one - a lesson many of us could learn from.
Which brings us to today's offer...
2008 was the year of demi-sec (off-dry) at Huet and we may as well go straight to Le Mont. Of the three vineyards (Le Mont, Le Haut Lieu and Clos de Bourg) it appears 2008 favored Le Mont and specifically the wines from demi-sec to moelleux. When I say "favored" I don't mean the vintage was decent - in this case "favored" means outrageous and exceptional.
If you are experimenting with the finest white wines in the world and desire a natural example that has 40-60 years of ageing potential, let me introduce Huet's 2008 Vouvray Le Mont demi-sec - a world-beater at a fraction of the cost of grand cru white Burgundy or any other white wine with more than 50 years of cellar potential. By the time this wine begins to gracefully fade into the sunset, its asking price in year 2010 will be an afterthought...
John Gilman (View from the Cellar): "From the examples I have tasted of the 2008s from Domaine Huet, it seems quite clear that Le Mont has really over-achieved in this vintage and produced an absolutely stellar range of wines. The beautiful and superbly complex nose on the '08 demi-sec from the Le Mont vineyard soars from the glass in a blaze of apple, sweet grapefruit, incipient notes of honeycomb, orange peel, kaleidoscopic minerality and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, pure and very snappy, with a rock solid core of fruit, laser-like focus, really a superb expression of its underlying terroir and outstanding length and grip on the racy and transparent finish. A wonderful bottle of Le Mont demi-sec in the making. 2013-2060." (for those of you new to John Gilman, he has an astute, centered palate more in line with Tanzer - he often reviews regions and entrants skipped by others and I highly recommend subscribing to his journal, View From the cellar - JR)
If you purchase a case or more of this wine, I would recommend opening one bottle every other year over the next two decades but be sure to save a few bottles for the very long term.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
This parcel has impeccable provenance - it is NOT VIA THE GREY MARKET
2008 Huet Vouvray "Le Mont" demi-sec (NM94)
Jon Rimmerman Garagiste Seattle, WA
2696 2009 Pouilly Fume 2009 Pouilly-Fume
If you are looking for excitement in the Loire, I mean groundbreaking excitement from a new source set to push the envelope, let me introduce you to Jonathan Pabiot - the next great hope for Pouilly Fume.
Without the smoke and mirrors, It doesn't hurt that we begin our dance with 2009. I stand by my early proclamation that Pouilly-Fume was the epicenter of the Loire in the vintage and, compared to Sancerre (its close neighbor), it's almost like night and day. In Sancerre, many of the 2009 wines show an obtuse and warm character with blowsy fruit (although there are some incredible wines as well - you just have to be selective) but in Pouilly Fume, the stars aligned with results that can only be described as "of the ages".
Use whatever analogy you wish but these are wines that must be tasted (and cellared). Never in many years of tasting the wines from the region have I experienced such massive depth aligned with stony and lime drenched fruit as I have with 2009 Pouilly-Fume. Not every wine has this character but a majority of them do with what appears to be two decades of ageing potential pent up in their midst. If you were intrigued by Jean Teiller's 2009 Menetou-Salon offer a week ago, step right up to the plate as you are about to begin batting practice with a fence pulled in just beyond the shortstop and a pitcher delivering one lob after another. In other words, 2009 Pouilly-Fume is a ballpark built for homeruns.
While few like to admit it, with the passing of Didier Dagueneau, Pouilly-Fume is somewhat of a ship without a star captain. The locals loved to complain about Didier and his free spirit while he was alive (not to mention his prices) but in his absence, they feel the void left by the magnate and magnet of Sauvignon Blanc - they feel a palpable sense that some of the grandeur that was lavished on their small slice of terroir has left this world for good....or has it?
Not to put any pressure on our young showman, but the world is ready for a new clean-up hitter and Jonathon Pabiot is more than capable of taking the reigns in the region. He is far too modest to publicly desire this role but with personal fans such as Gerard Boulay, it will be tough for him to escape the limelight for much longer...
From vines that average 30 years of age on Kimmeridgian marl, Portlandian (chalk), and clay-silex/flint (yes, all three soil types) nearly 10,000 vines are planted per hectare (very dense) and the entire site is ploughed in the 19th century method (i.e. by hand or mule). Only natural yeast is used and the wine is grown, raised and vinified with biodynamic/organic methodology. If you hear the argument that biodynamics is a waste of time, I urge you to present this wine as your entire argument - you will not have to utter a word.
With overflowing fruit purity and site specific varietal focus in spades - one sip of this elixir is all you need to be convinced that 2009 is very special indeed. Immediately bright, floral and fabulously stony in presence, the nose is like a periodic table of minerals. Jasmine and white flower notes vie with lime and ground rock - almost like dust coming from a sanding block applied to a wall of flint. The palate delivers more of the same with lime rind and uncanny intensity - hints of kumquats and physalis also make an appearance. I often refer to "lime dusted stones" but this wine is the poster-child for what I am getting at. With 6-12 hours of air, a pear nuance comes forward with even greater cut and persistence keeping things in check. A mouthwatering, salty and stony experience that pulls the taster back again and again as the notes of lime turn to red grapefruit pulp pressed into stone.
I guess I like the wine.
As our Parisian friend Velo (the Golden Palate with a massive collection of vinous riches) so eloquently put it: "A bottle of 2009 Jonathon Pabiot I opened for a tasting was still drinking well 10 days later, and I finished it with pleasure at dinner. I could have opened any bottle in my cellar, but was quite happy, even overjoyed, to finish this instead".
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a newcomer with designs on the top prize.
While it's still $16+ and from a vintage like 2009, I will politely get out of the way...
FIRST COME FIRST SERVED up to 36/person until we run out
2009 Jonathon Pabiot Pouilly Fume
Please note: there are at least a dozen Pabiot's in the local community and half of them are winemakers. Today's wine is Jonathan Pabiot, not Dominique, J Pabiot, Domaine Pabiot or any of the other entrants.
This parcel is directly from Jonathon's cellar with impeccable provenance.
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)
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) Another pop at this superb wine, today showing a great expression and wonderful depth. Floral and rich in citrus fruit, minerally and displaying good tension. A fine presence on the palate, finely balanced, great substance underpinned by vibrant acidity. Deeply mineral as the nose suggested, structured, with very fine potential. Superb. Although on my last tasting I just preferred the demi-sec from Le Haut Lieu on this tasting I just can't separate them. Lovely wines.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) Residual sugar here is 27 g/l. This has a beautiful nose, floral and aromatic, fresh with waxy fruits and crystallised flower petals. The palate is similarly very fine, not really sweet just full-textured and generous. Lots of bright substance. A little plumpness through the middle, fresh and balanced, and with good grip. True harmony here. This is great wine, very substantial, very good length too.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) This also has 27 g/l residual sugar. It is a little more withdrawn than the Haut Lieu tasted alongside, perhaps showing a more mineral character, with tense, tightly wound fruit. The palate has acidity and minerality to the fore, and seems to be at the drier end of the demi-sec spectrum on the palate despite the residual sugar figure. It has a gentle, fleshy roundness but a great minerally character and a precise and defined nature. More serious, but no less brilliant.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec) This is just fabulous, and clearly brimming with bags of potential. It kicks off with a grippy but sweet pear-skin character, and thereafter a sweet, golden, autumnal apple bite. This sweet, evolving apple-tinged character persists on the nose, although the wine takes on a fine, pithy grapefruit tinge as well. It's not that it merely has a grapefruity flavour, it is more that it has the challenging, acidic, pithy substance of that fruit. It has a sense of minerality too, although nothing too austere. The palate has good grip and substance, and a gentle residual sugar, undeniable but one of many components here. It rounds off with a good, bitter, grippy finish. Another stunning demi-sec cuvée from this vintage, one that has a wealth of potential; it is great now, but will perhaps be greater in the future.
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