Domaine Huet Vouvray
May 2018

In 1928, Victor Huet, a bistro owner, moved from Paris to the small town of Vouvray in the Loire countryside. The Huets purchased a small house and an accompanying three hectare vineyard which would become “Le Haut Lieu”.

 

Today, Domaine Huet is regarded as the greatest producer in Vouvray and the undisputed master of Chenin Blanc. Chenin is an amazingly complex varietal that can produce world class wines at every sugar level and even as partially and fully-sparkling wines.

 

The Domaine’s three vineyards (Le Haut Lieu, Le Mont, and Clos du Bourg), are farmed using biodynamic principals. Depending on the conditions Mother Nature provides, the wines are made in a range of styles:

 

“Sec”: dry, like a normal table wine.

 

“Demi-Sec”: half-dry, or “a little sweet”.

 

“Moelleux”: can be understood as “soft”. Often, these grapes are botrytized and a little sweeter still, but balanced by naturally high acidity.

 

“Premiere trie”: “first pass through the vineyard”, an indicator of this tier being the highest quality of fruit harvested. This term indicates the best Moelleux wine that Domaine Huet produces.

 

“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, 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 2015’s combine super ripe, tropical fruit flavours 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.” – Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2016

 

Production is small and availability of these wines is limited. Please submit your requests as soon as possible. This offer will close in two weeks. We sell only by the unmixed case lot. The wines will arrive in 12-14 weeks or so. No payment is necessary until we arrange delivery. All prices here are best estimate at this time and are exclusive of HST and bottle deposit.

 

Questions? Feel free to call me. I’m always happy to “talk wine”: 647 955 8872 or [email protected]. I hope to hear from you.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chris

Domaine Huet

Vouvray Pétillant Brut 2014

$57.95 per bottle, cases of 6

 

“One of the all-time great contributions to the canon of sparkling wine, the honey and apples character of Chenin producing something quite distinct from Champagne.” – Jancis Robinson, August 2013

 

This wine is 100% Chenin Blanc (as opposed to the blends of Champagne). The production method is Champenoise or “the Traditional Method”, in which the second fermentation takes place in bottle. It’s a four-year process from start to finish.

 

Huet’s Vouvray Pétillant shows a refreshing bouquet of tropical, floral, yeasty, and nutty aromas. It is elegant, light, and structured, with a persistent mousse, underlying minerality, and lovely honey and rich citrus flavours. The finish is crisp and dry.

 

As Jancis Robinson suggests, this wine would undoubtedly put a good number of Champagnes to shame. It’s a terrific bottle to keep on hand.

 


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Vouvray “Le Haut Lieu” Sec 2017

$52.95 per bottle, cases of 12

 

All three Huet vineyards can be considered Grand Crus of Vouvray, but “Le Haut Lieu” is the original. The vineyard covers nine hectares and has very deep clay-limestone soil, predominantly brown clay. There are plenty of calcareous and silica-based soils too. This rather heavy soil profile generally produces charming, supple wines that are full of character.

 

Le Haut-Lieu Sec is one of my favourite wines, from anywhere, every year. The nose is pure, fresh, and chalky, uniting florals and green citrus. On the palate, it is full-bodied, ripe yet mineral-rich. The palate is powerful and elegant; fine, tense, and nervy.

 

The 2017 has yet to be reviewed, but Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate’s reviews for the previous five vintages (2016 – 2012) were consistently strong: 90, 93+, 91+, 91+, and 92 points respectively.


 

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Vouvray “Le Haut Lieu” Demi-Sec 2015

$64.95 per bottle, cases of 6

 


“The 2015 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec has a creamy, intense and elegant bouquet of ripe and concentrated fruits, along with delicate earthy and lemony flavours. Full-bodied, intense and powerful, with a dense texture and firm tannins, this is a very complex and firmly structured Chenin for the next decade. The sweetness is perfectly integrated and the acidity rather mild in the first moment. The finish though is enormously vital and mineral.”

94+ points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2016

 

“Features a wide range of apple, green melon, ginger and green plum notes gliding throughout, with the off-dry edge imparting a flattering feel. Latent minerality lengthens the finish. Best from 2017 through 2030.”

94 points, Wine Spectator, September 2016


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Vouvray “Clos du Bourg” Demi-Sec 2015

$79.95 per bottle, cases of 6

 

This six hectare “Clos”, a vineyard surrounded by stone walls, is located on the first slopes above the church that sits in the village of Vouvray. The rather thin soil, only about one metre deep, lies in direct contact with the limestone base. Clos du Bourg produces a powerful and well-structured wine.

 

“The 2015 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec displays a well defined and complex bouquet of ripe and concentrated fruits intertwined with chalky flavours. Dense and elegant on the palate, with a mouth-filling fruit and a perfect sweetness that counterbalances the raciness and firm mineral structure, this is a finesse-full and powerful Chenin with lots of salt and tension. A gorgeous, precise and vivacious wine with great aging potential. 2020-2040.”

95 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2016

 


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Vouvray “Le Haut Lieu” Moelleux 2015

$68.95 per bottle, cases of 6

 

The 1947 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux is widely considered one of the greatest white wines ever made. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has singled out the 2015 vintage as “an exceptional and historic vintage again at Huet”. This is a wine for the ages.

 

“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, September 2016

 


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Vouvray “Le Mont” Moelleux 2015

$79.95 per bottle, cases of 6

The soil of Le Mont is pebbly and consists mainly of green clay and silica. The wines produced in this vineyard are traditionally elegant and poised.

 

“The apricot/golden coloured 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux shows a very intense, elegant and also subtle bouquet of ripe fruit intermixed with flinty aromas. Dense, piquant and concentrated on the palate, this is a great and tension-filled Chenin with grip and persistence, but also great finesse and elegance. This is a highly complex and energetic, but also light-footed and stimulating wine with lots of mouthwatering salinity. A fascinating Chenin with great aging potential.”

96 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2016

 

“Offers ginger- and hibiscus-infused creamed yellow apple, quince and pear notes, gilded with a whiff of piecrust. All the elements meld through the long, rippling finish. Drink now through 2035.”

94 points, Wine Spectator, September 2016


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Vouvray “Clos du Bourg” Moelleux 2009

$85.95 per bottle, cases of 6

 

“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.”

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


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Vouvray “Le Mont” Moelleux Premiere Trie 2015

$125.95 per bottle, cases of 6

 

“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.”

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