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2020 Huet Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

Loire Valley, France

A pristine Loire Chenin Blanc in the Moelleux (sweet) style. This is extraordinary in its precision, clarity and finesse. A truly wonderful example of Domaine Huet's brilliance.

HIGH SCORE

$105.00

About

About The Wine

Like so many of the Huet sweet wines this Chenin is astonishing in its purity. Far from being a hedonistic glass reserved only for dessert, this is racy, delicate, and detailed Chenin that whilst evidently sweet is driven by minerality and acid.

It will work wonderfully with a vast spectrum of dishes, both savoury and sweet. Right now, it’s a tightly coiled bundle of energy for the purists, in ten, twenty or even thirty years it will be a complex, savoury offering with much of the sweetness being replaced by earthiness. Hooray for Vouvray.

About Domaine Huet

Founded in 1928 Domaine Huet is the icon producer of Vouvray, on the northern bank of the mighty Loire River. Across their three famous vineyard sites, Le Mont, Le Haut Lieu and Clos du Bourg they make wines of great concentration and longevity, realising the inner brilliance of Chenin Blanc.

One of the earliest adherents of biodynamic viticulture and winemaking, Huet was a low-intervention producer before the term was ever known, with no additions save for minimal sulphur.

The Clos du Bourg vineyard
The Clos du Bourg vineyard
Vouvray, France
Additional Info

From The Importer

The wines of Domaine Huet are bottled and labelled according to their three vineyard sites which are described below. Each vineyard expresses unique characteristics and each can be made in 3 styles, subject to vintage conditions: Sec (bone dry), Demi-Sec (off dry, typically 10-20 g/lt residual) and Moelleux (slightly sweeter at approximately 30 g/lt). If the vintage allows, each vineyard may also produce a Moelleux 1er Trie (the first picking of botrytised berries) that produces a wine with residual sugar of about 60-100 g/lt and yet also with very high acidity. Like all great “sweet” wines of the world, the wines from demi sec onwards taste deceptively dry because of the terrific sugar/acid balance.

Blend : Chenin Blanc (100%)
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2060
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

96Points
Vinous.com

"It might be delicate but the 2020 Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is also rather succulent, coating the mouth with its sweet embrace. A combination of white flowers and nectarine creates an appealing perfume. There's a sense of energy that runs through the wine, providing a sense of direction and purpose. The core of sweetness (50-60g/L) doesn't tip over into lushness but is held together by its acidity and structure."- Rebecca Gibb (Vinous)

94Points
The Wine Advocate

"The 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is clear, pure, fresh and concentrated on the lemon and pineapple-scented nose. You wouldn't guess this is sweet from the nose, as the bouquet is precise and fresh. Round and mellow but also refined and elegant on the palate, with a stimulating mineral freshness and lingering salinity and piquancy, this is a gorgeous, very delicate and perfectly balanced Vouvray to drink even young, but as experience tells me, this Chenin Blanc from the now 15-hectare vineyard of Domaine Huet can also be aged for decades, even if the wine is not really dramatic in all its pristine beauty."- Stephan Reinhardt (The Wine Advocate)

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