Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Sec Vouvray 2019
From the world-renowned house of Huet, we have the Domaine Huet Le Haut-Lieu Vouvray, largely considered to be the pre-eminent producer of Vouvray. Don't miss out winelovers. Le Haut-Lieu, the original Huët vineyard, is nearly 9 hectares. It has the richest soils of the domaine’s three crus—a deep limestone-clay—and the wines are generally the estate’s most approachable.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "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.
The deep brown clay soils of the Haut-Lieu plateau provide the typical fruitiness and freshness wonderfully in Huet's 2019 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec. Ripe pear, tangerine and orange fruits with notes of lemon grass and green pimientos intertwined with very fine chalky and later tobacco notes give a remarkably fine, elegant and harmonious, subtly complex and simply gorgeous bouquet with floral (lime blossom!) and yeasty aromas that are immediately attractive. Delicate and linear on the palate, this is a pure, fresh, bone-dry, lean and textured, highly refined and perfectly interwoven Chenin with persistent purity, finesse, salty-mineral tension and very fine tannins. Highly finessed and so pure and vivacious! This is a chalky picture-book Haut-Lieu that can age for many years, even though it is already dangerously seductive! There was no dry Le Haut-Lieu produced in 2018, but the 2019 is possibly the finest, most delicate and elegant I've had in recent years, at least at this early stage. A terrific and buoyant Vouvray that any Chenin lover should try—or, better yet, cellar! Drink date: 2020-2050." Jul 2020
Winery: "One can taste the fruity clay of the Haut-Lieu, the chiseled mineral flint of the Mont and the roundness of limestone Clos du Bourg."
Importer: "Huet is THE estate of Vouvray. If I had to pick only one white wine producer in our entire book it would be Huet."