White

2005 Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Touraine
  • Vouvray
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Community Tasting Notes 55

  • sastewart wrote: 92 points

    June 6, 2019 - Served blind others thought much younger than 14 years. Pretty nose with nice minerality. Minerals, white fruits and maybe just a touch of honey on the palate. Beautiful wine with great balance. Early maturity (cellared at 55 since release) 92 points

  • Nanda wrote: 90 points

    August 25, 2018 - Served double blind. Medium mineral-driven nose with white fruits and slight notes of oxidation. Palate is youthful and bright, which makes the oxidation notes in the note a bit odd. I was in Chablis. Some Chenin wooliness but you really have too look for it.

  • gtilley wrote:

    July 21, 2018 - Different from last bottle - much more youthful and barely getting going. Tried next to a 2015 Savennieres and it seemed barely older at all. Must be a very good bottle. Appley, crisp, bit of honeycomb, elegant pinging acidity. Wonderful.

  • gtilley wrote:

    June 10, 2018 - Classic aged chenin showing beautifully - a thwack of wet dog at the beginning of the nose, but then honeycomb, biscuits, apples and quite a saline finish. Acid rather soft for a chenin. At its peak.

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  • Machiavelli wrote:

    March 15, 2018 - Wedding celebration with Jamie and Graham. Classic Chenin, drinking really well.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2009, Issue #23, The Annual Loire Valley Report- Plenty of Fine Wines Abound Amongst Current Releases from the 2008, 2007 and 2006 Vintages

    (Vouvray “Le Haut Lieu” Sec- Domaine Huet) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2011 (link) 17.5 points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) This cuvée has 6 g/l residual sugar. A pale lemon-straw hue in the glass. The nose is still pretty well defined despite the warmth of the vintage; there is lemon and grapefruit, with a herby-chalky and rather flinty-gunpowdery note, along with tinges of face cream. This is certainly tightening up compared to previous tastings; it is tauter, with none of that seductive peach skin here any more. It is quite supple in style on entry although it shows more substance than elegance, with yellow plum and golden star fruit character, all framed in a nice, crystalline acidity. Nice purity too, sappy, lots of toothsome barley-like extract, and plenty of length in the finish. Ultimately, this is a very classically styled Vouvray, but I would counsel not opening at present if you have any; it is all a bit tight and linear at present.

  • By Chris Kissack
    October 2009 (link) 18+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) Not ideal conditions to taste this, as it was poured at a colleague's house prior to then going out for dinner. One advantage though, is that with a large crowd in attendance, I had the opportunity to sample from a number of different bottles. The first taste from a bottle that had been open a little while showed a nose which was pure and defined, lifted, rich and minerally. The substance of the vintage comes through on the palate, which is weighty but very well framed by acidity and overall it is a delight. Subsequent bottles were tighter - they were popped and poured - but just as wonderfully linear and defined, and clearly this is a wine with great potential (although also delicious now).

  • By Chris Kissack
    July 2008 (link) 18+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Sec) A clear, shimmering hue. A lovely organic nose, stony and gritty, with fruit aromas along the lines of peach skin, yellow plum and lemons, with notes of pine nuts. Fabulously fresh and deeply characterful on the palate, broad, huge in terms of composition. Lots of substance, almost meaty, with a little grip too. Finely fresh acidity, tingling its way through the midpalate, with a really forceful finish where all the components vie for your attention. A dense wine, with a great length, fanning out to give even more pleasure. A brilliant wine, with huge potential for the future.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2005
  • Type White
  • Producer Domaine Huet
  • Varietal Chenin Blanc
  • Designation Sec
  • Vineyard Le Haut-Lieu
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Touraine
  • Appellation Vouvray
  • UPC Code 099990011363

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  • Pending Delivery 12 (2%)
  • In Cellars 252 (49%)
  • Consumed 254 (49%)

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