Medium yellow. Citrus and pear. Oh man, so young, fresh, refreshing, and mineral. Just off dry and lean feel for Chenin Blanc. More earth than fruit tonight, and as such, I think I would have guessed Savennières rather than Vouvray. Exhilarating now, tremendous potential.
Suddenly feels very soft and ripe, with yellow apple and an almost flabby texture. Not nearly as exciting as on previous occasions. Better on day two, much crisper and fresher on the palate, but the floral fragrance does not return. This may be a less than perfect bottle, or we may have to wait for a few years?
Double-decanted an hour before consumption. Wool and apples of a fresh and sharp kind in a rich and rounded setting. The acidity integrates with air, it seems, though it showed better with food than on its own.
Five years since the last bottle. Lovely development towards beeswax, honey, preserved quince, lemon zest and pineapple drops. Still very fresh, with electric acidity to satisfy the most hardened of rockheads, but rounded and intensified by time. Transformation at work! Good to go for another ten.
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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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