Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC

Domaine Huet 2019 Vouvray Sec, Le Mont, AOC

Item Number: 14367

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub Region: Touraine
Appellation/AVA: Vouvray AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Le Mont Vineyard
Vintage: 2019
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Green- tinged clay soils speckled with stone and mica

Vintage Notes by View from the Cellar 6/2020: "Domaine Huet has only produced four cuvees in 2019, as the vintage has produced such perfect raw materials for making Sec that Cellar Master Jean-Bernard Bartholomé decided to focus almost exclusively on this level, with only a little bit of Demi-Sec produced out of the Le Mont Vineyard. This is also the final vintage at the domaine for Monsieur Bartholomé, as he is retiring."

Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 7/2020: "As readers know, I have been very enthusiastic about the generous 2018 series from Domaine Huet. The 2019 vintage, which was as sunny as 2018 but much drier, is completely different in style and yet is still another terrific vintage for the iconic Vouvray domain. Fans shouldn't miss the chance to buy some of the world's finest Chenin Blancs, which are still spectacularly moderate in price...If you are a collector, you shouldn't miss the 2019s, but hurry up, quantities are much less generous than in 2018."

Le Mont Vineyard: For many insiders, the argument over Vouvray’s greatest vineyard comes down to two sites: Le Mont and Clos du Bourg. Indisputably a grand cru vineyard, Le Mont (7-8 HA) enjoys a choice site on the Première Côte (or "first slope"). With less clay and more stone than Le Haut-Lieu, Le Mont yields young wines of intense minerality that age into wines of great length and finesse. Biodynamic since 1993. The domaine purchased Le Mont in 1957.

Harvest: Manual
Pressing: Direct and gently
Yeast: Indigenous
Vessel: Combination of vats and old barrels

Reviews

  • John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 95+ (6/1/2020)

    The 2019 Le Mont Sec from Domaine Huet is a touch riper than the Le Haut Lieu bottling, coming in at 13.5%, but still utterly classical in all respects. The beautifully refined and still quite youthful nose jumps from the glass in a blend of quince, green apple, beeswax, a kaleidoscopic bath of limestone minerality, a touch of orange peel, lanolin and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate, the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with again stunning midpalate depth and mineral drive, brisk acids and a very long, nascently complex and laser-like finish. This makes the youthfully reserved Le Haut Lieu Sec seem like a flamboyant and wide open wine, this is so buttoned up right now behind its perfect structural chassis. That said, I do not think I have ever tasted a young vintage of Le Mont Sec from Domaine Huet that possessed more potential, so just tuck it away for a decade and then let the fireworks begin! 2030-2120.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94+ (7/23/2020)

    Huet's 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Sec reflects the unique, south-facing nine-hectare vineyard with its pebbly flint (silex) and green clay soils wonderfully! Pure, fresh and flinty on the deep, intense yet also floral and herbal nose that represents a concentrated and firm white stone fruit aroma with lemon and grapefruit notes as well as fennel, anise and cumin hints. The bouquet gets darker and stonier with a lot of aeration (during days, to be honest). The leitmotif, though, remains the characteristic mix of aromatic fruit aromas with flint stone and volcanic basalt tones that, at this early stage and poured straight from the bottle, remind me of the Rieslings from Forst, Pfalz (Germany). In any case, this is like perfume on rocky stones! On the palate, Le Mont Sec is a rich, lush and round, very concentrated yet silky textured, elegant, vital and tightly structured 2019 with a powerful, intense and long finish with lingering salinity intertwined with tight, perhaps slightly dry tannins. I recommend cellaring this round yet tight and concentrated Chenin for a decade and then drinking it slowly over many years and with, hopefully, even better integrated tannins.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (9/30/2020)

    Complex and pure, with just enough ripeness to balance the bracing minerality and acidity. Quite expressive and muscular, with a core of persimmon, kumquat and spice notes allied to a racy spine that lengthens the long, pure finish, where blanched almond notes emerge. Built to age. Best from 2022 through 2034.