This was seriously tasty. Very chenin in profile with a good sweetness for a Sec, and filled with puckering acidity. I found this pretty thrilling, in a somewhat primary way. If this holds together, it will drink great tonight and for another 10+ years. 92-93 pts.
Exceeded expectations, as most Huet (that aren't pox'd) do, with the layers of fruit I'd hoped for, but also the proper acidity to carry it all gracefully and enjoyably. Drinking really well right now, and sure makes me wish I had a case (or three) in the cellar for the next 10 or 20 years. This had quite a lot to say on the nose and palate and is no doubt going to evolve positively for years to come. A tremendous value. recommended
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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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