Domaine Huet 2020 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC

Domaine Huet 2020 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Le Mont, AOC

Item Number: 15501

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Loire
Sub Region: Touraine
Appellation/AVA: Vouvray AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Le Mont Vineyard
Vintage: 2020
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Green- tinged clay soils speckled with stone and mica

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

Vintage Report by Wine Advocate 5/2021 (click to read full article) : "...As we know from vintages dating back 92 years at Domaine Huet, it is the vintage that decides the styles of the Vouvrays produced here. 'Our production changes every year and is adapted to what nature allows,' confirms Sarah, stressing that 'it remains vital that the wines remain pure, energetic and balanced, and that we highlight our terroirs through the lens of each growing season.'

In 2020, the reserve of rainwater, combined with the warm winter and hot summer, meant that the vines had ample resources to provide to the bunches. This was very much in contrast to 2019, which saw a very dry season without water reserves in the earth.

As always, the fruit at Huet is seductive, fine and elegant. And the wines themselves show no inaccuracies and are as precise, clear and elegant as ever. The rich Première Trie selections are intense and concentrated but need years to reach the first maturity. Already suitable for enjoyment is the always energetic Le Mont Sec, but there are also the three Demi-Secs, although these will also gain in complexity with the years. The Le Mont Première Trie is a stunning beauty, and the Clos du Bourg Première Trie is not far behind. These are exceptional wines.

No matter which Huet you buy from 2020, disappointment is impossible. Biodynamically cultivated since 1988, the Chenins of Domaine Huet remain icon wines of French wine culture, even under the ownership of the Hwang family."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (95-96) (5/13/2021)

    Pure, fresh and limey on the deep yet bright and precisely flinty-chalky nose, the 2020 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec is a Chenin full of crunchy energy and charm, thanks to its concentrated but round and lush fruit. This full-bodied wine is intense, tight and long but also finessed and vibrantly fresh on the finish, which reveals this crunchy flint stone structure and tension that guarantees an ability to age for decades, though the wine is already dangerously stimulating today.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (3/15/2021)

    Having tasted this as an unfinished sample and now in bottle, I can state that the 2020 Le Mont Demi-Sec remains pure, refined and easy to appreciate. The 14% alcohol seems a tad warmer than before bottling, which just takes the edge off. Sweet apple fruit and almond croissant speak of some old oak and lees. There is excellent weight, concentration and impeccable balance between the residual sugar and the acid making for a clean, pure, mouthwatering finish. If it weren’t for that slight heat of alcohol, it'd go higher, but that's what a dry, hot season does to you.