Domaine Huet 2020 Vouvray Demi-Sec, Clos du Bourg, AOC
Item Number: 15502
Sub Region: Loire
Appellation/AVA: Vouvray AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Clos du Bourg
Grape(s): 100% Chenin Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Certified Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone
Clos du Bourg Vineyard: This ancient, walled six-hectare vineyard has the estate’s shallowest, stoniest soils (about 20 cm of soil over limestone). The wines are rich and intense with structure, power, and unreal texture. Indisputably grand cru, many consider this to be Vouvray’s finest single vineyard. Biodynamic since 1993. The domaine purchased the vineyard in 1953.
Pressing: Direct and gently
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."