Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu 2019
Domaine Huet is an iconic Vouvray producer and lauded for making some of the world's most compelling dry white wines from the Chenin Blanc, AND some of the longest-lived sweet wines of the same grape. Founded in 1928 by Gaston Huet with the purchase of the vineyard "Le Haut Lieu", the estate expanded in the mid-1950s with the acquisition of two additional vineyards on the Première Côte -- Le Mont (purchased in 1957) and Clos du Bourg (farmed since 1953, purchased in 1963) -- which ensured the domaine’s place in the French wine pantheon. Today Domaine Huet is owned and operated by American brother-sistor duo, Sarah & Hugo Hwang, who have kept the team in tact, including manager Jean-Bernard Berthomé who joined the estate in 1979. With his years of experience working with the appellation's greatest terroirs, Jean-Bernard and his team are achieving incredible transparency, purity, and balance in the wines of this world-renowned estate.
Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s Domaine Huët has been the standard-bearer for great, ageworthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day, year after year, the estate produces some of the world’s most compelling white wines—and in a remarkable range that spans sparkling, dry, semi-dry, and breathtaking dessert styles.
Certified Biodynamic, this is from the estate’s first vineyard, purchased in 1928. Its nine hectares have the richest soils and, generally, yields the most precocious wines. The limestone-rich, clay soils are harvested by hand. Traditional vinification methods are used and the wines are fermented using natural yeasts. The wines are aged in a combination of tank and large, older foudres. About 2000 cases are made each year.
|Region||France, Loire Valley, Vouvray|
Wine AdvocateThe deep brown clay soils of the Haut-Lieu plateau provide the typical fruitiness and freshness wonderfully in Huet's 2019 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec. Ripe pear, tangerine and orange fruits with notes of lemon grass and green pimientos intertwined with very fine chalky and later tobacco notes give a remarkably fine, elegant and harmonious, subtly complex and simply gorgeous bouquet with floral (lime blossom!) and yeasty aromas that are immediately attractive. Delicate and linear on the palate, this is a pure, fresh, bone-dry, lean and textured, highly refined and perfectly interwoven Chenin with persistent purity, finesse, salty-mineral tension and very fine tannins. Highly finessed and so pure and vivacious! This is a chalky picture-book Haut-Lieu that can age for many years, even though it is already dangerously seductive! There was no dry Le Haut-Lieu produced in 2018, but the 2019 is possibly the finest, most delicate and elegant I've had in recent years, at least at this early stage. A terrific and buoyant Vouvray that any Chenin lover should try—or, better yet, cellar! 13% alcohol. 80,000 bottles made. Tasted in July 2020.