Drank as aperitif and this was excellent! Zesty lemon and cooked apples on the nose. Pink grapefruit juice on the palate with lots of lively acidity backed by some underlying apple-like richness. Unfortunately, this was my only bottle and if I had more I would certainly keep some for another 5-10 years to watch them evolve. It certainly has the acidity to keep going...
POP. served a bit too chilled. served with Thai tapas (nothing too spicy). Citrus, slate, dry, light-midweight, tight grip, went well against spices. Improved as it opened up nicely with time and as it warmed.
Oro chiaro con riflessi verdolini. Al naso mineralità sassosa che inizia a virare sulla pietra focaia, albicocca, miele, mela cotogna fresca, zenzero, fiori di limone, erbe di campo, tiglio. Bocca morbida, intensa, lunga e coerente sino alla fine
The kinship with the Clos du Bourg Sec 2007 tasted yesterday is obvious; the wines are clearly first cousins. But if they were brothers, this would be the younger one. Lots of ripe red apple fruit too, but in a softer and more gentle style, with less precision, energy and nuance. Length is good. Attractive Vouvray but solid rather than outstanding. At peak, do not wait too long. Flirts with a score of 91.
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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 Sec) Strangely I haven't tasted this cuvée before, despite having tasted the Clos du Bourg and Haut Lieu wines twice before now. This has 8 g/l sugar. There is mineral but also floral character on the nose, which offers gentle and harmonious fruit in a very gentle style. A fine palate, harmonious and integrated, with beautifully fresh acidity. This has a fine character, with good but gentle grip at the finish. Another fine effort.
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