Domaine Huet’s nine hectare Le Haut Lieu vineyard, characterized by deep clay-rich soil, is known for its supple wines. (An understatement, frankly: this is one of the best vineyards in the Vouvray appellation.) Like all of Huet’s vineyards, it is planted entirely to Chenin Blanc and has been managed according to biodynamic principles for over 25 years.
When harvesting by hand in October and November, pickers make two or three passages (“tries”) through the vineyard. On each pass, careful hands select fruit that meets specific criteria: ripeness, say, or botrytization. Fruit selection is key to the finished wines. This 2015 Moelleux is sweet, clear, and pure, made with very ripe grapes.
“Offers a big, broad feel, with layers of glazed pear, apple and peach falling over each other, backed by fresh ginger, honeysuckle and quince notes. Everything pulls together through the finish, with green tea accents and racy minerality providing the foil. Drink now through 2035.”
95 points, Wine Spectator, Sept 2016