Domaine Huet le Haut Lieu Vouvray Sec 2009

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

This is chiseled and pure, with lovely precision to the quince, fig and honeysuckle notes all buttressed by mouthwatering acidity. Long finish. Drink now through 2016.

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Varietal: Chenin Blanc
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External Reviews for Domaine Huet le Haut Lieu Vouvray Sec

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
08/30/2011

This is chiseled and pure, with lovely precision to the quince, fig and honeysuckle notes all buttressed by mouthwatering acidity. Long finish. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

The Huet 2009 Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu andmdash; harvested at the beginning of October andmdash; manages to remain dry tasting despite harboring ten grams of residual sugar, which represented the only means of keeping alcohol at bay. (The trio of 2009 sec bottlings doesnandrsquo;t exceed 13.5%, which Pinguet says he considers the maximum acceptable for their genre.) Fresh lime, chalk dust, and salt spray in the nose promise a prominence of citrus and mineral elements uncommon for the vintage, a promise largely fulfilled on the palate and in a prolonged finish, albeit accompanied by a considerable sense of citrus pip and rind bitterness. The clay-rich, more water-retentive soil of this site (vis-a-vis Huetandrsquo;s others) does not seem to have conduced to noticeably better acid retention andmdash; if anything to the contrary andmdash; despite the prominence of flavors associated with citrus. But there is a lovely sense of levity here that is very welcome for its vintage. This may well gain further complexity with 2andndash;3 years in bottle, though I donandrsquo;t perceive it as well-suited for extended cellaring.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
01/10/2013

Vivid and sleek, this focuses on dark, savory soil notes, its fruit seeming to exist purely as a vehicle for the expression of terrior. Itandrsquo;s energetic and focused, feeling ripe without showing and excess weight, and it finishes with a lovely sense of precision and grace.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

The Huet 2009 Vouvray Sec Le Haut-Lieu mdash; harvested at the beginning of October mdash; manages to remain dry tasting despite harboring ten grams of residual sugar, which represented the only means of keeping alcohol at bay. (The trio of 2009 sec bottlings doesnrsquo;t exceed 13.5%, which Pinguet says he considers the maximum acceptable for their genre.) Fresh lime, chalk dust, and salt spray in the nose promise a prominence of citrus and mineral elements uncommon for the vintage, a promise largely fulfilled on the palate and in a prolonged finish, albeit accompanied by a considerable sense of citrus pip and rind bitterness. The clay-rich, more water-retentive soil of this site (vis-a-vis Huetrsquo;s others) does not seem to have conduced to noticeably better acid retention mdash; if anything to the contrary mdash; despite the prominence of flavors associated with citrus. But there is a lovely sense of levity here that is very welcome for its vintage. This may well gain further complexity with 2ndash;3 years in bottle, though I donrsquo;t perceive it as well-suited for extended cellaring.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
01/04/2012

Vivid and sleek, this focuses on dark, savory soil notes, its fruit seeming to exist purely as a vehicle for the expression of terrior. Itrsquo;s energetic and focused, feeling ripe without showing and excess weight, and it finishes with a lovely sense of precision and grace.



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