Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux 2009 [6/cs]

domaine huet clos du bourg moelleux
France Loire
Chenin Blanc
Type: Dessert Wine
Vintage: 2009

The Chenin Blanc grapes that grow in the Clos du Bourg vineyard are meticulously selected and hand-harvested with the utmost care to preserve the delicate aromatics that make Domaine Huet’s Clos du Bourg Moelleux so special. Characterized by deep clay-rich soil interspersed with white chalk (tuffeau), the Clos du Bourg vineyard is well-known as a site where Chenin is expresses wonderful aromatics while maintaining the racy acidity that makes it so cellar-worthy. Like all of the Domaine’s vineyards, the fruit has been managed according to biodynamic principles for over 25 years.

 

“A wine that just hints at its enormous future. It is opulent, rich, rounded, full of quince, spice, layers of honey and apricots. It is gorgeous without losing any freshness. Keep for seven years.”

95 points + Cellar Selection, Wine Enthusiast, June 2011

 

“Quince and white peach preserves fill the nose caressingly coat the palate from Huet’s 2009 Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg, which displays a combination of lift and delicacy with its honeyed richness that none of the present collection tasted up until this point approach. Here are brightness, energy, and efficacious acids driving the quince, pineapple, seamlessly forward. Here, too are mineral nuances too often missing from the sweet Vouvray and Montlouis of this vintage. Expect this superbly persistent bottling to be worth following for a quarter century. Noel Pinguet professes great confidence in his 2009s and pleasure in one of those rare vintages where it was possible to bottle everything from sec through Cuvee Constance. That said, he admitted that achieving a balanced dry wine was challenging, and total production of sec was down from the estate norm; that of demi-sec, surprisingly, even more so (represented by a single bottling); virtually half of the vintage production being moelleux. While acknowledging similarities to 1996, Pinguet finds 2008 most closely resembles 1988. His is one of the few 2008 collections from Vouvray or Montlouis that is clearly less consistent than the corresponding 2009s, which he also finds more interesting.”

93 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Aug 2010