Deep golden color; intense nose with honey, candied citrus/orange, apricot, ice-wine-like in its purity of fruit and concentration on the nose, some figs; palate has some sweetness but balanced and not dessert level of sweetness, clean throughout, minerality in the midpalate, white fruit but not as intense as on the nose, candied orange, slight ginger; finish is medium length, not as persistent as a great dessert wine. Overall this is youthful, impressive on the nose and good but not superb on the palate, sweet but balanced and would go well with a regular meal (not just dessert), and overall shows great depth and complexity. Nice wine, and I'm curious what it might be like in 10 years. 93 50 minutes air: Even more complexity than before. Definitely more of an off-dry than sweet wine, great balance, and lots of subtle complexity. An elegant, seductive wine. 93-95. Day 5: Similar to above, but lots of green apple on the palate. Excellent!
A dessert wine in all but name...candied ginger, baked apple, fig and silky acidity made for a fantastic wine. This has many years in front of it, and should show even more in 5 years. Enjoyed with sushi at Aikra.
Candy in a glass (adults only). Clover honey, candied peaches, scorched caramel and fig above the glass. More honey, apricot, and toasted cinnamon on the tongue. Crazy flavors and a finish that lasts seemingly for-ever.
Huet Masterclass with Jean-Bernard Berthomé and Sarah Hwang: 92g/l residual sugar. Entrancing nose - ginger, orange peel, five spice, apple pie and peaches. Plenty of concentration and sweetness but it handles it magnificently with structure wrapping around and controlling its direction. The acidity is really impressive, with the finish feeling precise and clear. Definitely a notch upward in volume for all elements compared to the 2009 "regular" Le Mont Moelleux but doesn't feel like the balance is compromised at all. Another wine that will benefit greatly from time and could be mind-blowing at its peak.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie) This wine was made using 30% botrytised and 70% non-botrytised fruit, with 92.3 g/l residual sugar and according to my notes 4.88 g/l acidity, although Noël described it simply as "good acidity, like the 1989". A vibrant and yet honeyed character on the nose, with a polished stone character, not soft or too broad. This is well framed and has a floral elegance. A superb palate, so luscious and seductive, and yet so balanced, with underpinnings of grippy fruit pith. The finish is just so very long. This is delicious stuff, with finesse and yet botrytis character. I realise that the Cuvée Constance receives the greatest accolades, but this wine seems to combine the best of both world's, with the complexity of noble rot but the minerality of the terroir and appellation. This is heart-melting, brilliant wine.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie) Residual sugar 91.9 g/l, alcohol 12.7%. This seems rather closed on the nose today, although with a little air it shows a very elegant and stylish layer of honeyed flower petals and light golden fruit. The palate is where it really has impact, a greater substance immediately apparent here, the mellifluous sweetness mixed with a tangible grip alongside a rather subtle acid layer. There is great promise of complexity here though, a wonderful balance unfolds as the acidity shows more in the midpalate, and there is such purity! This is really very, very lovely.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie) Great minerality here, more so than the Le Mont I think. This comes though on the palate especially, which although broad and impressive like the Le Mont also has a fine-grained character surely reflecting the wine's terroir. Incredible and a must for the cellar for all long-term Huet fans.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie) Residual sugar 92 g/l. This is vibrantly aromatic with the intense, sweet pear fruit that these wines display in their youth. The palate has gorgeous purity, fine composition with great acidity. A honeyed texture, vibrant flavour and great purity. A vinous tour de force, with marvellous tension behind the sweetness and wonderful balance. Great wine.
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