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Domaine Huet, Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Mont, 2019

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Just east of Tours, on the right bank of the Loire, lies the plateau of Vouvray. Here Chenin Blanc is carefully cultivated in fields of ancient stone and crafted into some of the finest white wines on the planet. And no name resounds in Vouvray like Domaine Huet.

In Huet's hands,Vouvray’s harmonious mysteries reach peak expression. From their dry and dazzling bottlings to the sensual and sweet, Huet knows how to allow the grape to express the terroir.

The Domaine was an early adopter of biodynamics, and these vines -- divided into the three vineyards Haut Lieu, Le Mont and Clos de Bourg -- have been exceptionally well farmed for decades. They make the wine in ancient cellars dug out of the local limestone, "touffeau." When you visit, you can see roots from Le Mont's vines breaking through the chalky white ceilings.

Domaine Huet has a wondrous nickname for Chenin Blanc: Plan du Clair de Lune, translating to “the Vine of the Moonlight”. This captures the subtle essence of Huet’s wines: clarity amidst the darkness; beams of brilliance traversing the heart of a terroir; purity of land and mind. We invite you to experience this beauty for yourself.

Professional Reviews

Robert Parker

RP 97
"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!" -Robert Parker

Wine Spectator

WS 95
"Elegant yet expressive and supercomplex, with cooked quince, mirabelle plum and yellow apple notes, plus hints of ruby red grapefruit, the acidity and bitterness balanced by the suggestion of sweetness. Vibrant and unctuous, with the sweet edge emerging midpalate and extending on the mineral-infused finish, which is long, with lovely tension and cut. A very focused, harmonious and pure white. Best from 2022 through 2036."

What importer Polaner Selections has to say about this wine...

VINTAGE 2019
BOTTLE SIZES 750 ML
COUNTRY France
REGION Loire
APPELLATION Vouvray
WINE TYPE White
VARIETALS Chenin Blanc
BIODYNAMIC
Certified
VINEYARD
Purchased in 1957, Le Mont lies on the esteemed Premiere Côte. With less clay and more stone than Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont yields young wines of intense minerality. The wines are the estate's most reticent, but develop the strongest perfume with age. Size: 8 hectares
SOIL
Clay has a green tinge, and ample stone and silica present.
VITICULTURE
All grapes harvest by hand, which enables picking by successive tries – each tri being a separate pass by the workers through the vineyard, ensuring only the best bunches of ripest (or even botrytised) grapes. Noel Pinguet was one of the first Frenc
VINIFICATION
Undergoes temperature-controlled fermentation in large, old oak demi-muids as well as stainless steel vats. There is no encouragement of the malolactic fermentation, thus many Huet wines remain rich in malic acid, a character that brings an age-worthiness to the wines. The concentration of residual sugar in demi-sec cuvées is traditionally around 10-20 g/l
AGING
Aged in large demi-muids

Details

  • Grape Variety

    Chenin Blanc

  • Vintage

    2019

  • Size

    750ml

  • Farming Practice

    Biodynamic

  • Sweetness

    Dry

  • Body

    Medium Bodied

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