Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Premiere Trie 2015 [6/cs]

domaine huet le mont moelleux premiere trie
France Loire
Chenin Blanc
Type: Dessert Wine
Vintage: 2015

The soil in Huet’s Le Mont vineyard is very pebbly and consists mainly of green-coloured clay and silica. The wines produced in this vineyard are traditionally elegant and poised.

 

The Première Trie (“first pass”) offerings represent the highest tier of sweet wines the Domaine produces. The name comes from the meticulous harvesting practice that sees pickers making multiple passes through the vineyard rows, collecting only the best berries that have been botrytised. These berries, fragrant and rich in sugar and acidity, are made into wines that are rich and complex on both the nose and the palate. These are treasures to cellar.

 

“The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavours. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine with a persistent grip and salinity. Great balance and harmony. With the 2015 vintage, Domaine Huet offers (almost) the whole range of Vouvrays again: Secs, Demi-secs, Moelleux and the noble sweet 1ère Tries. However, there was no Clos de Bourg Sec and no Moelleux produced in 2015, just a Demi-Sec; the other crus were selected in all styles and this has not been the case for years now. More than this, 2015 is an exceptional and historic vintage again at Huet (perhaps the best since 1997). I can only recommend to buy cases of all styles. You might know or have learned from my last Huet report (see Interim November 2015), that even the dry and medium-dry wines can age for decades. You just have to find your favorite Huet terroir before you can explore its talents in style and ageability. The 2015s combine super ripe, tropical fruit flavors and juicy textures with concentration, perfectly integrated acidities and enormous precision that reflects the different terroirs, even in the noble sweet Première Tries that ranges between 89 (Le Haut-Lieu) and 117 (Le Mont) grams per liter of residual sugar.”

98 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Oct 2016