2020 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux
The wine offer of the Loire Valley is nothing but diverse, and Vouvray is the only region that best typifies this diversity. Admittedly, Vouvray is all about one variety: Chenin Blanc. Vouvray is located in the coolest part of the Loire and the climate has the most influence on the wine style. In colder years, increased acidity lends itself to both still and sparkling wines that can be dry, semi-dry or medium dry.
Domaine Huet is without a doubt Reference for top wines in the Loire! Domaine Huet, founded in 1928, has three special and different terroirs: Le Mont with 8 hectares, Le Haut-Lieu with 9 hectares and Le Clos de Bourg with 6 hectares surrounded by a stone wall. We are located east of Tours in the Loire. Since 1990, Huet has been one of the forerunners of biodynamic viticulture. This cultivation method, which fully respects the soil, the plant and the environment, ensures that the Chenin Blanc shows its true character and authenticity here. In the wine cellar, the wines ferment in a mix of old oak barrels (demi muids) and stainless steel tanks. Fermentation starts with the natural, own yeast. After the first fermentation, there is no lactic acid fermentation so that the wines retain their characteristic 'fraicheur'.
The Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux is the little brother (or sister) of the Premiere Trie is the Icon of Domaine Huet. The Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux 2020 is clear, pure, fresh and concentrated on the scent of lemon and pineapple. You would not think that this is sweet(ish) because in the nose the wine is fruity and fresh. Round and smooth but also refined and elegant on the palate, with an energizing mineral freshness and a lingering saltiness and piquancy, this is a wonderful, very delicate and perfectly balanced Vouvray to drink even young, but as experience tells me, this Chenin Blanc can also be aged for decades.
Domaine Huet was founded in 1928 by Victor Huet and is an iconic domain in the Loire. His son Gaston now owns thirty hectares of chenin blanc, divided over three parcels: Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont and Le Clos du Bourg. The estate was one of the forerunners of biodynamic viticulture in the French vineyard. This method, in which respect for the soil, the plant and the environment is paramount, ensures that the chenin blanc shows its true character and authenticity.
The suppleness of the brown clay of Le Haut-Lieu, the chiseled flint of Le Mont and the roundness of the limestone of Le Clos du Bourg give the Chenin grape wines an incomparable elegance. During the harvest, the ripe grapes are cut away separately in different phases, resulting in the different wine types. This is actually comparable to the German approach of Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, etc. The terms sec and demi-sec have therefore nothing to do with the names used in Champagne, because there it is a matter of dossage.
All wines, from dry/sec, semi-dry/demi-sec and sweet/moëlleux are of top quality, very precisely made and excellent for storage. In addition, the wines of Huet have a wonderful freshness to perfectly balance the little residual sweetness.
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|Aromatic, Complex, Powerful, Rich, Round, Steenfruit, Full, Sweet