Very light Meyer Lemon in color. Potent acidity. As much as a good German Riesling. Very dry. Medium bodied. Citric and mineral notes. Good structure. Puckery finish. Paired it with Peruvian Pork tamales and beef empanadas. Given the sweetness of both dishes, I should've pulled the Demi-sec.
Paired nicely with Salmon steamed in parchment with asparagus, summer squash, mushrooms, thyme, parsley, and cilantro. Nose was a bit dull but revealed tart citrus, chalk, mead, dried herbs, and minerals. The nose transferred over to the palate with the addition of quince and rocks. Give this some air or more time in the cellar.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu) Light lemon yellow color; appealing minerally, lime, green apple, stony nose; tasty, compelling, mineral, tart pear, apple, lime palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish 92+ points
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) A finely floral nose here, full of youthful apples and pears, and on the palate a broad and attractive flesh. It seems dry although certainly rich, in keeping with the fairly high residual sugar in Huet's sec cuvées these days, backed up by good acidity. Delicious for drinking now, although no doubt cellaring will bring benefits.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) The aromas here are reminiscent of fine pears, aromatic, very pure but with finesse rather than power. A very fine character on the palate, slightly sappy, and a good texture. Floral, delicate, as these wines can be in their youth. Delicate and balanced, but fanning out into a lovely broad finish like the proverbial peacock's tail. Excellent potential here.
(Domaine Huët Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec, Loire Valley) People familiar with the wines of Huët generally love them because they epitomize the elegance and focus that Chenin Blanc can achieve in the Touraine region. Still, Huët Vouvrays, especially the dry versions, can be difficult to approach in their youth. The excellent 2009 vintage is riper and more forward than most, resulting in balanced wines that are lovely to drink now, but can easily be kept a decade or more. This Haut-Lieu Sec is bursting with youthful, perfumed florality that carries right through to the more restrained, crisp palate. A unique wine that is truly of its place. Hot Picks
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