Pre-Christmas lunch aperitif, this had a sweet and unctuous nose, strong attack, bursting with grapefruit and gooseberry on the mid-palate. Plenty acid-enough for a Sec, this had a deep golden colour and continued to open up progressively throughout the afternoon and was still very lively when we returned to the last glass with a film in the evening. Thoroughly satisfying.
Goldish yellow, nose is apples/wax/flowery with a slight oxidative note which, together with the colour made me wnder whether this was ever so slightly oxidised. Palate was quite weighty with not much acid for a Sec. Even with the slightly oxidised character this was a delicious drink just lacking a bit of complexity and acid. Very good.
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(Domaine Huet Vouvray Vodanis Sec) As noted previously, the label actually says 'Domaine de Vodanis' without any mention of Huet. A lovely nose, more evolved now, rocky, stony and mineral. Quite classic, a little funky, certainly expressive, quite bright and pervasive on the nose. Firm and lively acidity at the core, very well delineated, a rather masculine structure, with piles of flavour, with some forceful texture wrapped around that. A lot of impact, perhaps not the most elegantly presented wine but it is but certainly full of character and appeal. A touch creamy and yet incisive, with firm acids on the finish. Still lots of cellar potential here.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Vodanis Sec) The label actually says 'Domaine de Vodanis' without any mention of Huet, but the design is unmistakeable. It is a vineyard they rented for two years, and I previously tasted this wine at the domaine in 2003. As noted then, this is actually a sec tendre wine (4-15 g/l residual sugar), so it carries a little more around the middle than many a sec. Not much on the nose - as with last time. A little mineral. But the palate has evolved. Slightly creamy. Full, almost sensual texture on midpalate. Mineral-apple element. Very good.
(Domaine Huet Vouvray Vodanis Sec) Not giving much on the nose, quite closed. Fairly full and rich on the palate, probably reflecting sugar concentration, this is in fact a sec tendre wine (4-15 g/l residual sugar, rather than 3 - 5 g/l which is the norm for sec wines). Theres some good minerality, although no great character otherwise. But I suspect this will come with time.