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Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut-Lieu, Domaine Huet 2017

White Wine from France - Loire
‘Classic. Brilliant. It’s Huet Vouvray, isn’t it?’ This member of our Wine Champions 2021 blind-tasting panel was correct on all counts! Although this stunning Loire chenin will age for many years to come, it’s in such a superb spot now that it picked up high marks in our quest to find the best in our range to drink now. Off-dry, precise, mineral, fresh and fine – catch it now in its joyful youth, as we did, or wait.
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Code: LO14571

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • Medium/off dry
  • Chenin Blanc
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2037
  • 75cl
  • Cork, natural

Huet L'Echansonne

Domaine Huet is the undisputed leader of the Vouvray appellation on the north bank of the Loire River where the chenin blanc grape is king. The exemplary house style here is one of purity of expression and the wines are legendary for their tautness and minerality. Huet is certainly the greatest domaine in all of Vouvray, if not all of the Loire and its current proprietor is Chinese-American financier, Anthony Hwang, also owner of the famed Királyudvar estate in Tokaji in Hungary.

Huet makes the whole spectrum of Vouvray styles, from bone dry through to fully sweet and sparkling. The vintage conditions determine which wines are made in any one year; in less good vintages only dry or sec wines tend to be made. Most vintages produce demi-sec, whereas the sweetest style, moelleux, and the special cuvées of sweet wines are only produced in more favourable years.

The tuffeau limestone-rich soil helps provide near perfect conditions for chenin, a relatively easy grape to grow, though a difficult one from which to make consistently top quality wine. It is prone to the benevolent fungus botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, which adds complexity to sweeter styles when conditions are right. There are three vineyard sites, all of which are managed on biodynamic lines and certified so: Le Haut Lieu, the original vineyard of the domaine and tends to be the earliest to mature, Le Mont, which is usually the last vineyard to be picked and lastly, the iconic walled vineyard, Le Clos du Bourg,...
Domaine Huet is the undisputed leader of the Vouvray appellation on the north bank of the Loire River where the chenin blanc grape is king. The exemplary house style here is one of purity of expression and the wines are legendary for their tautness and minerality. Huet is certainly the greatest domaine in all of Vouvray, if not all of the Loire and its current proprietor is Chinese-American financier, Anthony Hwang, also owner of the famed Királyudvar estate in Tokaji in Hungary.

Huet makes the whole spectrum of Vouvray styles, from bone dry through to fully sweet and sparkling. The vintage conditions determine which wines are made in any one year; in less good vintages only dry or sec wines tend to be made. Most vintages produce demi-sec, whereas the sweetest style, moelleux, and the special cuvées of sweet wines are only produced in more favourable years.

The tuffeau limestone-rich soil helps provide near perfect conditions for chenin, a relatively easy grape to grow, though a difficult one from which to make consistently top quality wine. It is prone to the benevolent fungus botrytis cinerea, or noble rot, which adds complexity to sweeter styles when conditions are right. There are three vineyard sites, all of which are managed on biodynamic lines and certified so: Le Haut Lieu, the original vineyard of the domaine and tends to be the earliest to mature, Le Mont, which is usually the last vineyard to be picked and lastly, the iconic walled vineyard, Le Clos du Bourg, which is the most regular producer of sweeter styles from grapes either affected by botrytis or passerillage. The wines from the latter are amongst the greatest and longest lived white wines in the world.
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Loire Valley Vintage 2017

After Jo Locke MW's usual quick visit at harvest time it was clear that 2017 would yield some excellent results. Following her regular February 2018 trip she was delighted to report that she couldn't remember when she was last so excited by a Loire vintage!

Muscadets are gorgeous across the board, and they are such adaptable wines and so light on the stomach. Central Vineyards sauvignons from Domaines Laloue (Exhibition Sancerre) and Riaux (Pouilly-Fumé) are delicious too, with ripeness and freshness in perfect balance. Go to Reuilly, Quincy, Chenonceaux, and Touraine sauvignons for value. Serious chenin lovers will need to wait a bit longer for the 2017s.

The reds have delightfully bright, generous fruit (though it is still early in their progress) which at harvest looked likely to be structured and concentrated as the berries were small and yielding less juice than expected. They have given wines with delightfully bright, generous fruit.
2017 vintage reviews

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