Domaine Huet

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Vouvray, Loire
People: Istvan Szepsy & Anthony Hwang, Owners | Jean-Bernard Berthomé & Benjamin Joliveau, Winemakers
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic

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Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login WS 95 On Order
Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login WS 96 On Order
Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC Login WS 95 On Order
Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login WS 93 On Order
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Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC Login WS 94 On Order
Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login WS 96 On Order
Domaine Huet 2015 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login WS 96 WA 94+ In Stock
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Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Mont, AOC Login WS 96 On Order
Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux, Clos du Bourg, AOC Login WS 97 On Order
Domaine Huet 2015 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login WS 95 WA 92+ In Stock
Domaine Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC Login WS 95 On Order
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Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s Domaine Huët has been the standard-bearer for great, ageworthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day, year after year, the estate produces some of the world’s most compelling white wines—and in a remarkable range that spans sparkling, dry, semi-dry, and breathtaking dessert styles.

Chenin Blanc has been identified with Vouvray since at least the 9th century, and many of its great vineyards were known by the 14th century. By those standards, the 80-year-old Huët estate is relatively young. Yet it was this youngster that established, once and for all, that Vouvray was capable of world-class quality.

The domaine's founder, Victor Huët, was a Parisian bistro owner. However, with lungs and nerves shattered by his experiences in WWI, Victor re-settled to the town of Vouvray in France's beautiful Loire Valley. He soon purchased the first of his great vineyards, Le Haut-Lieu, in 1928, and Domaine Huët was born. Victor's son Gaston (born 1910) worked with his father from the beginning, and assumed full charge by 1937. With an obsessive devotion to quality, and an engaging showman's personality, Gaston built the Huët legacy over the next 55 years, despite spending five years in a German POW camp during WWII.

The Grand Crus: Gaston understood clearly that quality must come first-and that quality started with great vineyards. His Haut-Lieu parcel, which lies on Vouvray's "Première Côte" (or "first slope"), is home to virtually all of the appellation's acknowledged grand cru vineyards.

As the estate prospered in the post-WWII era, Gaston secured two additional prime vineyards on the Première Côte that would ensure the domaine's stature: Le Mont (purchased in 1957) and Clos du Bourg (farmed since 1953, purchased in 1963). Collectively, these three vineyards, and the wines made from them, account for Huët being the greatest of all Vouvray producers.

Le Mont is an 8-hectare estate which borders the slopes of the Loire Valley, in the first slopes area. The soil is pebbly and consists mainly of green-colored clay and silica. The wines produced are elegant and feminine. Le Haut-Lieu covers 9 hectares, with very deep clayey limestone soil, predominantly brown clay. This rather heavy soil generally produces supple wines. Le Clos du Bourg, a 6-hectare "Clos" surrounded by stone walls, is located on the first slopes above the church in Vouvray. The rather thin soil, only about one meter in depth, lies in direct contact with the non-active limestone. Le Clos du Bourg produces a powerful and well-structured wine.

A Perfect Pair: In 1971, Gaston was joined by his talented son-in-law, Noël Pinguet. Together, they crafted legendary wines from their three parcels-with the vineyards and nature dictating which grapes would become Sec, Demi- Sec, or Moelleux. The estate always held back significant stocks of older vintages, and these wines' near immortality has helped to further the Huët legend.

In 2002, with Gaston ailing, a financial partner was needed to ensure the continuation of the estate's rich legacy. Anthony Hwang, a Filipino-born, New York businessman, was brought into the partnership. Gaston passed away that year, but, with the security and enthusiasm brought by Tony, Noël Pinguet has been able to continue Gaston's important work.

In February 2012, with Huet's international reputation at arguably its highest point ever, Noël fulfilled his longstanding plan to turn the winemaking and vineyard responsibilities over to his hand-picked successor, Cellarmaster Jean-Bernard Berthomé.

Reviews

  • Huet 2015 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (6/15/2016)

    Gorgeous from the get-go, featuring creamed melon, yellow apple and persimmon notes that glide effortlessly, inlaid with hints of green tea, verbena, heather and quince. The long finish has beautiful flow, with a buried mineral edge imparting freshness while the fruit plays out. Best from 2018 through 2040. 200 cases imported.
  • Huet 2015 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (6/15/2015)

    Offers a big, broad feel, with layers of glazed pear, apple and peach falling over each other, backed by fresh ginger, honeysuckle and quince notes. Everything pulls together through the finish, with green tea accents and racy minerality providing the foil. Drink now through 2035. 300 cases imported.
  • Huet 2015 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (10/28/2016)

    The dark orange/golden colored 2015 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux Première Trie has a lovel,y precise and concentrated bouquet of perfectly ripe fruits. Piquant and with a lovely grip and concentration, this is a vibrant, finesse-full and tension-filled Chenin with a beautifully charming fruit and sweetness. The finish is very long, pure and salty, and again full of tension and fine grip. This is a world-class sweet wine.
  • Huet 2015 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92+ (10/28/2016)

    The 2015 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux displays open and elegant ripe fruit (pineapples, oranges) with some dusty flavors of crushed rocks. Powerful but full of finesse and elegance, this is a piquant and stimulating sweet wine with grip and tension. However, I find it rather less complex than the Sec and the Demi-Sec.
  • Huet 2012 Vouvray Petillant Brut AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 88 (10/28/2016)

    The golden-yellow colored 2012 Vouvray Pétillant Brut shows a ripe and elegant fruit with nice chalky and lemony flavors on the nose. Medium-bodied and fresh, this is a creamy textured and very elegant sparkling wine with a very delicate mousse and a dry, persistent mineral finish with a stimulating grip.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (6/7/2017)

    Gorgeous, with creamy-edged nectarine, yellow and green apple, pear and quince flavors that are brightly defined from start to finish, flecked with verbena and honeysuckle hints and backed by a off-dry edge on the finish. Stays fresh and pure throughout. Tempting now but there’s no rush. Drink now through 2032.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (6/7/2017)

    This tilts toward the flattering side of off-dry, showing a plump feel to the core of creamed pear, white peach and yellow apple fruit. Lovely verbena, honeysuckle and mineral accents keep this balanced and driven, with a long finish that lets the fruit echo. Drink now through 2032.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 95 (6/7/2017)

    Gorgeous crystallized ginger, dried quince, glazed pear and warm persimmon notes are seamlessly interwoven here, gliding through a lengthy finish that picks up a lilting green tea accent. Frankly off-dry but wonderfully pure. Drink now through 2035.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (6/7/2017)

    Green plum and verbena notes lead the way for now, with a flash of quinine on the finish. This is juicy, but still a bit compact overall, with the core of ample pear, quince and ginger flavors in reserve. Just wait for everything to knit together and stretch out, as the purity and length are there. Best from 2018 through 2028.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (6/7/2017)

    Bright and pure, with delightful pear, green almond and green plum notes laced with a fennel streak, ending with finely beaded acidity and a mineral echo through the finish. Very refined. Drink now through 2027.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux, Clos du Bourg, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 97 (6/7/2017)

    A stunner, with beautiful pear, green fig, yellow apple and quince notes that are creamy and flirtatiously sweet, yet seamless and refined in feel. The extremely long finish lets honeysuckle and verbena notes dance throughout, with a light echo of white ginger at the very end. Best from 2020 through 2040.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (6/7/2017)

    Bright, even exuberant in feel, with a parade of Jonagold apple, green melon, Bosc pear and quince flavors streaming through, gilded with heather, honeysuckle and verbena notes on the long, lithe finish. Remarkably elegant despite the off-dry style. Drink now through 2035.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Haut-Lieu, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (6/7/2017)

    This delivers a beautiful display of purity and grace, with creamed Jonagold apple, star fruit, white peach and chamomile notes flowing seamlessly, backed by wet stone and fresh verbena accents. Subtle but persistent energy ripples through the very long finish. Drink now through 2035.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Le Mont, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (6/7/2017)

    Juicy in feel, with an intense beam of glazed peach, dried apricot, fresh ginger and heather honey notes, backed by baked mirabelle plum accents and a flash of almond cream on the long, rich finish. A wonderful balancing act, keeping the exotic fruit and sweetness fresh and delineated. Best from 2020 through 2035.
  • Huet 2016 Vouvray Moelleux 1ere Trie, Clos du Bourg, AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (6/7/2017)

    This is ripe and broad, taking a slightly more power-driven approach, with a mix of tropical mango and papaya fruit, backed by orchard fruit accents of yellow apple and peach. The long, heather honey–accented finish has light piecrust and crystalized ginger hints. Best from 2020 through 2035.