Domaine Huet

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Vouvray, Loire
People: Istvan Szepsy & Anthony Hwang, Owners | Jean-Bernard Berthomé & Benjamin Joliveau, Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic

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Domaine Huet 2014 Vouvray Petillant Brut AOC Login AG 90 In Stock
Domaine Huet (375 ml) 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login In Stock
Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC Login JG 95 WA 97 In Stock
Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login JG 95+ WA 97
Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login JG 95 WA 95 In Stock
Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC Login JG 95+ WA 94+ In Stock
Domaine Huet 1985 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login In Stock
Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login In Stock
Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login WS 93 WA 94 <1 Case
Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Mont, AOC Login WA 95+ In Stock
Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login WA 93 <1 Case
Domaine Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Mont, AOC Login WA 95 In Stock



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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.

Chenin Blanc has been identified with Vouvray since at least the 9th century, and many of its great vineyards were known by the 14th century. By those standards, the 80-year-old Huët estate is relatively young. Yet it was this youngster that established, once and for all, that Vouvray was capable of world-class quality.

The domaine's founder, Victor Huët, was a Parisian bistro owner. However, with lungs and nerves shattered by his experiences in WWI, Victor re-settled to the town of Vouvray in France's beautiful Loire Valley. He soon purchased the first of his great vineyards, Le Haut-Lieu, in 1928, and Domaine Huët was born. Victor's son Gaston (born 1910) worked with his father from the beginning, and assumed full charge by 1937. With an obsessive devotion to quality, and an engaging showman's personality, Gaston built the Huët legacy over the next 55 years, despite spending five years in a German POW camp during WWII.

The Grand Crus: Gaston understood clearly that quality must come first-and that quality started with great vineyards. His Haut-Lieu parcel, which lies on Vouvray's "Première Côte" (or "first slope"), is home to virtually all of the appellation's acknowledged grand cru vineyards.

As the estate prospered in the post-WWII era, Gaston secured two additional prime vineyards on the Première Côte that would ensure the domaine's stature: Le Mont (purchased in 1957) and Clos du Bourg (farmed since 1953, purchased in 1963). Collectively, these three vineyards, and the wines made from them, account for Huët being the greatest of all Vouvray producers.

Le Mont is an 8-hectare estate which borders the slopes of the Loire Valley, in the first slopes area. The soil is pebbly and consists mainly of green-colored clay and silica. The wines produced are elegant and feminine. Le Haut-Lieu covers 9 hectares, with very deep clayey limestone soil, predominantly brown clay. This rather heavy soil generally produces supple wines. Le Clos du Bourg, a 6-hectare "Clos" surrounded by stone walls, is located on the first slopes above the church in Vouvray. The rather thin soil, only about one meter in depth, lies in direct contact with the non-active limestone. Le Clos du Bourg produces a powerful and well-structured wine.

A Perfect Pair: In 1971, Gaston was joined by his talented son-in-law, Noël Pinguet. Together, they crafted legendary wines from their three parcels-with the vineyards and nature dictating which grapes would become Sec, Demi- Sec, or Moelleux. The estate always held back significant stocks of older vintages, and these wines' near immortality has helped to further the Huët legend.

In 2002, with Gaston ailing, a financial partner was needed to ensure the continuation of the estate's rich legacy. Anthony Hwang, a Filipino-born, New York businessman, was brought into the partnership. Gaston passed away that year, but, with the security and enthusiasm brought by Tony, Noël Pinguet has been able to continue Gaston's important work.

In February 2012, with Huet's international reputation at arguably its highest point ever, Noël fulfilled his longstanding plan to turn the winemaking and vineyard responsibilities over to his hand-picked successor, Cellarmaster Jean-Bernard Berthomé.

Reviews

  • Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (11/15/2019)

    This caresses the palate, featuring bittersweet almond paste flavors up front, followed by mirabelle plum, apricot and mango notes. Racy acidity and a minerally spine create serious structure. Complex, with a persistent finish. Drink now through 2034.
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 95 (6/1/2020)

    The 2019 Le Haut Lieu Sec comes in at an even 13%, which coupled to excellent acidity, is likely to make this wine last a hundred years. The beautiful pure and concentrated nose offers up scents of lemon, quince, a hint of pear, complex, chalky soil tones, lanolin and white lilies. On the palate, the wine is deep, pure and very precise, with a full-bodied format, a rock solid core, bracing acids and stunning length and a grip on the complex and electric finish. I have to imagine that this will drink well for a few years and then close down with a vengeance for a decade or so, after which it will drink for hte next eight to nine decades! 2020-2120.
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 95+ (6/1/2020)

    The 2019 Le Mont Sec from Domaine Huet is a touch riper than the Le Haut Lieu bottling, coming in at 13.5%, but still utterly classical in all respects. The beautifully refined and still quite youthful nose jumps from the glass in a blend of quince, green apple, beeswax, a kaleidoscopic bath of limestone minerality, a touch of orange peel, lanolin and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate, the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with again stunning midpalate depth and mineral drive, brisk acids and a very long, nascently complex and laser-like finish. This makes the youthfully reserved Le Haut Lieu Sec seem like a flamboyant and wide open wine, this is so buttoned up right now behind its perfect structural chassis. That said, I do not think I have ever tasted a young vintage of Le Mont Sec from Domaine Huet that possessed more potential, so just tuck it away for a decade and then let the fireworks begin! 2030-2120.
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 95+ (6/1/2020)

    The 2019 Clos du Bourg Sec comes in at the same octane as the Le Mont [13.5%] and is every bit as pure, precise and chiseled in stone as that wine. The bouquet offers up an utterly refined constellation of quince, pear, limestone minerality, a nice youthful touch of chalk dust, floral tones that are mostly lilies and a shading of lavender, bee pollen, lanolin and a touch of lemongrass in the upper register. On the palate, the wine is deep, full-bodied, beautifully balanced and rock solid at the core, with superb mineral undertow, electric acidity, laser-like focus and a very, very long, nascently complex and rapier-like finish. This seems structurally more like the Le Haut Lieu Sec this year and is likely to provide a couple of years' worth window of drinkability before it closes down for hibernation. It is stellar juice in the making. 2020-2120.
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 95 (6/1/2020)

    The sole 2019 Demi-Sec bottling from Domaine Huet hails from the Le Mont Vineyard this year. The wine is also outstanding, offering up a very deep and pure bouquet of sweet quince, pear, chalky minerality, lanolin, bee pollen and dried flowers. On the palate, the wine is deep, full-bodied, focused and basking in its purity and mineral drive, with a lovely core of fruit, great soil signature, bright acids and superb length and grip on the nascently complex and very promising finish. The extra residual sweetness here seems to simply buffer the youthful spine of acidity more than in the Le Mont Sec out of the blocks, but is really rather gobbled up by the bottomless expression of minerality that defines this wine. This is every bit as superb as the Le Mont Sec in 2019! 2030-2120.
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 97 (7/23/2020)

    The 2019 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec offers a deep, rich yet pure and refined, intensely aromatic, darker-toned nose with aromas of fully ripe stone and tropical fruit intertwined with earthy, chalky and yeasty notes that make up for further finesse and complexity. Full-bodied, round and fruity on the palate, this is a deep, intense, juicy, silky-textured yet tight, chalky, very complex, sustainably structured and persistently salty-mineral Chenin from old vines that give extra concentration as well as a spectacularly expressive character. This is a great, age-worthy Vouvray with fine tannins and lingering salty tension and finesse. What a finish! The 2019 needs a while to gain finesse and even more complexity. The wine served from the bottle that I tasted nine days before was incredibly amazing! The 2019 is a duty for all Chenin aficionados!
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (7/23/2020)

    The 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!
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (7/23/2020)

    Huet's 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Sec reflects the unique, south-facing nine-hectare vineyard with its pebbly flint (silex) and green clay soils wonderfully! Pure, fresh and flinty on the deep, intense yet also floral and herbal nose that represents a concentrated and firm white stone fruit aroma with lemon and grapefruit notes as well as fennel, anise and cumin hints. The bouquet gets darker and stonier with a lot of aeration (during days, to be honest). The leitmotif, though, remains the characteristic mix of aromatic fruit aromas with flint stone and volcanic basalt tones that, at this early stage and poured straight from the bottle, remind me of the Rieslings from Forst, Pfalz (Germany). In any case, this is like perfume on rocky stones! On the palate, Le Mont Sec is a rich, lush and round, very concentrated yet silky textured, elegant, vital and tightly structured 2019 with a powerful, intense and long finish with lingering salinity intertwined with tight, perhaps slightly dry tannins. I recommend cellaring this round yet tight and concentrated Chenin for a decade and then drinking it slowly over many years and with, hopefully, even better integrated tannins.
  • Huet 2019 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 97 (7/23/2020)

    The 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec is clear, fresh, deep and complex yet pure, fine, elegant and perfectly interwoven on the nose, where notes of crushed flint stones, limestones and concentrated citrus fruit aromas and even iodine notes are revealed. Very elegant and refined on the palate, this is a round, juicy, seductively fruity yet firmly structured and piquant Le Mont whose sweetness is captured by fine tannins and a sustainably dense, vital and salty finish. The 2019 Demi-Sec is a great Chenin and the finer Le Mont of the two, and it is doubtlessly a long-distance runner that should be cellared for at least a decade even though it's hard to resist today. Impressive!
  • Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95 (5/31/2019)

    The 2018 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux is clear, deep, pure and flinty on the intense but fine and coolish-mineral nose. Very distinctive! Lush and intense but also pure, vital and tensioned on the palate, this elegant and seductive Le Mont offers a straightforward drive and a highly complex and energetic finish with grip and great mineral tension. A gorgeous, crystalline, persistently salty and tightly woven Chenin with great complexity and energy. Very attractive already today!
  • Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 95+ (5/31/2019)

    The 2018 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is pure, deep and flinty on the concentrated nose, with very fine oak, toffee and potted ginger aromas. Lush, sweet and generous yet precise and crystalline on the palate, it features very fine tannins, lingering salinity and positive energy. This is a compact, persistent, tightly woven and stimulating Chenin from the Le Mont terroir that reveals firm, tensioned structure and a young finish with potential to improve and refine.
  • Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (5/31/2019)

    The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux Première Trie is deep and intense yet pure and chalky on the distinctive, slightly flinty and yeasty nougat-scented nose. Vital, vibrantly fresh and tight yet fine and pure on the playful palate, this is an intense, sweet and impressively rich Chenin with tension, salt and finesse as well as fine but grippy tannins. This is an exciting Haut-Lieu that is already dangerously ready to drink but will become even more complex and dimensioned with bottle age. Definitely the Haut-Lieu of the vintage!
  • Huet 2014 Vouvray Petillant Brut AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (7/23/2020)

    Honest and pure sparkling wine. Peppery and herbal, with notes of fresh cut grass, lemon curd, and lots of pretty green and yellow apple notes throughout. Crisp, clean, fruity, and delicious. Aged minimum of 3 years on lees, disgorged summer 2019.
  • Huet 2018 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (5/31/2019)

    The 2018 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is clear and seductively ripe on the elegant, still yeasty nose with a mineral backbone and its chalky background. Sweet and lush but fine and filigreed on the palate, this is a salty, frisky, elegant, densely woven and well-structured Haut-Lieu with fine tannins and a long, complex finish that is rich and finessed at the same time, with lingering piquancy and stimulating salinity. This 2018 is a very charming but also serious Chenin Blanc with fine tannins, good tension and aging potential.