Domaine Huet, "Le Haut Lieu" Vouvray Sec 2019
Chenin Blanc｜Loire Valley
The Loire Valley wine region stretches some 600 miles end-to-end, beginning in central France just south of Paris, snaking west to empty into the Atlantic. Once the playground of French aristocracy, this bucolic region and its myriad grand châteaux are still some of the most visited in the country.
Its wines, too, are heralded and spectacularly diverse. Nearly every style and shade of wine is produced in the Loire, although it's arguably the wines of Vouvray that stands out the most.
Which brings us to Domaine Huet, needing no introduction for those who know. For the uninitiated, they're situated on the banks of the Loire on a bed of iconic tuffeau chalk, deposited over millennia as ancient tropical seas receded and exposed these precious white-chalk soils. Not only is tuffeau the building block of many of the Loire's châteaux, it's a fantastic soil for contributing unmistakable terroir. Founded in 1928, it's fair to say Domaine Huet is a lodestar for fine Vouvray Chenin Blanc, continually raising the bar.
"Le Haut Lieu" is one of three small plots they farm, completely biodynamically, and fermented completely dry.
Robert Parker calls this cuvée "dangerously seductive" in his 95-point review, describing the 2019 " possibly the finest, most delicate and elegant I've had in recent years." Lime blossom, pineapple, salted quince and orange oil lead into a perfectly dry, piercingly mineral palate of pear drops, wet stone, honeycomb, sea spray, and baskets of floral perfume.
Immediately pleasurable, you can boldly decant this for an even more profound experience, or tuck it away for years; Huet's wines are legendary for their age-worthiness. We procured a painfully small amount, so nab what you can! Free shipping on six of these or any other bottles site-wide, always.
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