White - Off-dry

1971 Domaine Huet Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu

Chenin Blanc

  • France
  • Loire Valley
  • Touraine
  • Vouvray
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Community Tasting Notes 15

  • Nanda wrote: 93 points

    February 26, 2018 - Dinner at Formento's (Chicago, IL): Wow, this is stunningly fresh and youthful. Aromatics are all florals and bright fresh, juicy peaches. Palate is moderately rich and semi-sweet. Peaches, tropical fruit with some earth tones. Very long. Ageless!

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  • acyso wrote: 93 points

    February 26, 2018 - Dinner at Formento's with Michael (Chicago, IL): I'm not sure what to make of this wine. It's supposed to be demi-sec but really the perception here is that the wine is fully dry. Oh well, that's ok, I'm fine with dry chenin (it's not riesling after all). There's a really nice earthiness on the nose and palate here, with a beautiful perfumed honey quality as well. It's a very delicate wine and at this point almost bone-dry on the palate. Despite the linear acidity, there's a roundness in texture here that's probably what's left of the sugar.

  • MikeATL Likes this wine: 95 points

    July 23, 2017 - Its age was obvious from the color, the brownish gold of sorghum syrup, but clear and vibrant as well. A little shy at first, like fresh summer rainwater, but air brought out waves of stonefruit and flowers with a hint of lanolin, together with both off-dry sweetness and brilliant acidity that kept it rich but nimble. Its complexity and balance of weight and acidic structure allowed it to pair brilliantly with the variety of fresh vegetable-centric seasonal fare that Staplehouse delivers so well, working as well with a rich but not heavy chicken liver tart as with a haunting combination of raw and roasted carrots with a vadauvan sauce and sorrel cream.

    I'm sad that it was my last bottle, but it will be an immortal part of my memories.

  • kingkanu wrote: 89 points

    December 20, 2015 - Gold colour. The nose has some truffley development with some honey and ripe apricots. The palate is very fresh for a 45 year old and quite strong acidity. The sugar is not so prominent, and the finish is decent. Interesting to drink a wine of this age, maybe better with some food to provide a foil to its acidity.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    October 23, 2012 - Two Loire Classics and a Rising Star (Restaurant Charles Barrier, Tours, France): Full yellow without browning. Beautiful high toned perfume with an initial burst of honey, then amazingly fresh fruit. Just off dry in the mouth. A wine of great texture, length and complexity, as one would expect in a perfect 40+ year old example. Its incredible core of acidity is perfectly integrated and has kept it alive and well for all these years. The honey is reprised as the bottle aerates. A great experience. I doubt we'll drink a better wine this trip. Yes, indeed, these old Huets can be nearly immortal.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2018, Issue #77, The Annual Loire Valley Report The First of the 2017s, Plenty of 2016s and Older Wines

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2007, Issue #12, Domaine Huet: Vouvray’s Greatest Estate

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  • By Chris Kissack
    September 2009 (link) 17.5+ points

    (Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) A slightly richer hue here. A haunting nose, evolved, pure and defined, it has an ethereal outer character although in truth it is expressive and tangible, giving up powerful notes of citrus fruits and lime leaves mixed with toffee. Hugely impressive on the palate, perfectly composed, not drying out but certainly less fleshy than some other wines, defined, with a lemon-lime toffee character. Full, broad, with a lovely substance to it. Very harmonious and composed, really long too. This remains very tightly composed and amazingly I think this still needs more cellar time to show its best. A great vintage, although today it seems remarkably less generous than the trio of older wines, and it gives less pleasure as a result. But give it time.

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  • By Lyle Fass
    5/4/2007 (link)

    (Huet Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec) Just some miraculous life-affirming stuff. Nose was developed but still had something in reserve. So complex and ephemeral. Light, detailed, enveloping all at the same time. Dare I say that this wine can invoke a hallucinatory experience if need be? Chenin perfectly aged is something. Nuts, flowers, chamomile, lavender, honey, granola, honeycomb and some spice. Just an utterly compelling perfume. It's like an R rated Riesling. There is something much more darker to it than Riesling. It's a happy wine like Riesling but has a blunt edge to it. The palate was expansive and deep yet light on its feet and powerfully youthful. This wine was still young. There was luscious stone fruits. Intense apricots. Had acidity that made it feel young but the opacity and breadth of an older wine. Finish expanded and this wine had midpalate that would not quit. This was great and there are not enough words to do this justice. Thank god this wine is still somewhat affordable. Fantastic.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1971
  • Type White - Off-dry
  • Producer Domaine Huet
  • Varietal Chenin Blanc
  • Designation Demi-Sec
  • Vineyard Le Haut-Lieu
  • Country France
  • Region Loire Valley
  • SubRegion Touraine
  • Appellation Vouvray

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  • In Cellars 25 (56%)
  • Consumed 20 (44%)

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