Huet Sec le Haut-Lieu 2009
92 points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): The 2009 Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec also claims to be 13.5 percent alcohol on the label, but I have to believe that this is the full half percentage higher that is allowed under labeling precepts in France. The wine offers up a flamboyant and very deep nose of sweet grapefruit, tangerine, white flowers, bee pollen, a touch of botrytis, chalk dusty soil tones and an exotic touch of grassiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite powerful, with a rock solid core of fruit, a great base of soil, brisk acids and great length and grip on the complex finish that again closes with just a touch of heat on day one. Over the course of the week that I followed this wine it settled in very nicely and I am sure the touch of alcohol on the finish on day one is simply a function of youth. But it does underscore that this is a very ripe version of Demi-Sec, and as good as this will be to drink over the course of its life, both the 2007 and 2008 vintages at Domaine Huet offer up much more classic versions of this level of sweetness. But this is indeed a very impressive wine. 2016-2060. (Nov 2010)
External Reviews for Huet Sec le Haut-Lieu
Ripe pear and floral aromatics with finesse and delicacy shown in its youth. This wine has excellent potential to age.
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.
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.
A dry Vouvray that's as fresh as they come since it has just recently been released. Great with honey and apricots and mineral on the palate. Full of balance and finesse that will settle in bottle nicely for years to come.
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.
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. 2,250 cases made. - According to the Wine Spectator
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