This has long been one the great "insider" sparkling wines, a bubbly with the complexity and breeding of great Champagne at a fraction of the price. But now that it is featured in the New York Times' November 2020 wine school, it looks like it's a secret no more...
The critics love this wine. John Gilman says:
The 2014 Domaine Huët Vouvray Pétillant is absolutely superb and offers up very good value in the world of sparkling wine prices. The bouquet is deep, pure and shows beautifully fruit tones of peach and quince to augment its fine base of chalky soil elements, spring flowers and an esthery topnote of bee pollen. On the palate the wine is crisp, full-bodied and complex, with a very good base of soil, a lovely core of fruit, pinpoint bubbles and lovely balance and grip on the long and classy finish. Fine juice. 2019-2040+.
And Antonio Galloni at Vinous says:
The 2014 Vouvray Pétillant is such an inviting wine. Scents of apricot, pastry, wild flowers, hazelnut and orange peel appear first. Generous and creamy on the palate, with a gentle mousse, the 2014 is impeccably balanced and harmonious. The airy, gracious finish makes it impossible to resist a second taste.
Available for pick up or delivery Tuesday, November 17.
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.