Domaine Huet: An Explanation



I can’t recommend the wines of Domaine Huet enough. They are unquestionably the most respected producer of Vouvray in the Loire. The wines are of the highest quality, are absolutely delicious, last for decades and don’t cost the earth. They should be in everyone’s cellar to drink now or over the next half century. Indeed, Jancis Robinson MW describes them as "whites that last a century... some of the greatest wines in the world".

The wines are divided into four succint styles and produced from three vineyards. which I explain below:

The Three Vineyards

Le Haut-Lieu is the oldest of these sites whose wines display a gratifyingly rich, almost tropical, flavour in youth allied to a nervy tension of bursting fresh acidity.

Le Clos du Bourg is best known for being a touch more subdued and focussed than the other sites. It has a purity of expression that is intoxicating.

Le Mont is so often the most intense and seductive of this trio in youth. Dense and richly layered it also offers some of the greatest rewards with age.

The Different Styles

For the styles, do not become fixated on sugar or the concept of sweetness. This would be a mistake and rob you of the true appeal of the wines. All of Huet’s wines are defined by their direct flavours and sense of energetic, taut, freshness regardless of their level of sweetness. It is the articulation of each individual style from each respective vineyard that is so amazing to experience. The styles are:

Sec - the driest style defined by yellow plum, crunchy apple fruit and citrusy verve and lift. Drink 2 – 7+ years.

Demi-Sec - lovely silky texture allied to riper plumper fruit with a harmonious purity and balance. Drink 5 – 12+ years.

Moelleux - tropical, heady fruit in tension with aromatics of citrus blossom and white flowers. Drink 10 – 18+ years.

Première Trie - lustrous, golden tinged fruit with otherworldly complexity and length. Drink 12 – 30+ years.

The most recent release featured wines from the 2016 vintage and full details can be found here

Malcolm Willatts
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2016 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £26.60

Case of 6 £159.60

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The Haut Lieu Sec opens with inviting aromas of yellow pear-skin, hints of preserved lemon and green herbs, with a white flower fragrance. This cool freshness follows onto the palate, giving way to yellow plum and crunchy green apple alongside slate and chalk elements. A bright, crisp and very elegant Haut Lieu Sec.  

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2016 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £31.60

Case of 6 £189.60

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An incredibly full aroma, this fantastically scented demi-sec has soft notes of summer garden and citrus fruit salad. White peach, jasmine and lemon peel give the wine a stunning delicacy coupled by an amazing vibrancy as the sugars dance like a ballerina on the tongue.  Impeccable balance between fondant fancy vanilla notes and a mineral laciness that lingers on and...

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2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £32.60

Case of 6 £195.60

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The top dry cuvée for many Huet fans from the Clos next to Vouvray's cemetery. It exhibits a very pure and lightly perfumed apple and pear aroma.  The palate has a saline backbone which adds tension and focus to a seriously classy wine.  There is an almost electrical current running through it as it crackles with minerals.  The finish is...

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2016 Vouvray Le Mont Sec

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £32.60

Case of 6 £195.60

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Le Mont is instantly mineral in nature; the lovely orchard scents are lifted by green pear flesh, and accented with a grippy citrus-pith.  The palate has intense texture and flinty minerality  which finishes with a very appealing hint of ripeness. This wine is all about texture and tension. Stunning now, this will no doubt unfurl over the next 3-5 years. 

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2016 Vouvray Le Haut Lieu Moelleux

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £33.60

Case of 6 £201.60

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Thrilling and bright in its nervy youthfulness; orange peel is to the fore on this elegantly scented Moelleux – the apogee of the Huet style.  Bright, crunchy honeydew melon is accompanied by exotic notes of mango and more subtle jasmine scents.  There is a delightful soft and sweet lemon meringue depth here too lifted by a superb mineral accent on...

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2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec

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Bottle 75cl £35.60

Case of 6 £213.60

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Notes of lime and orange blossoms abound alongside stony, nuanced mineral. There is a fullness here that is finely balanced by a graceful, delicate mint and sage freshness.  This Clos du Bourg Demi Sec treads like a tightrope walker between citrus acidity and the sweet florals of honeysuckle.  Complex and incredibly fine, this wine was made in minute quantities.  What...

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2016 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £35.60

Case of 6 £213.60

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A striking, crystalline nose evolves from floral, to spice to orange peel and then white pepper. 2016 really seems to be a demi-sec vintage in particular, as this Le Mont demonstrates.  Whilst there is sweetness, the wine is exceptionally pure and light on its feet. An exquisite juxtaposition between white orchard fruit and a minerally citrus frame; the fine vinous...

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2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £38.60

Case of 6 £231.60

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A notch up in intensity from its Haut-Lieu sibling; pink grapefruit and bergamot vie for attention here.  This Clos du Bourg Moelleux is so complex and thrilling, it envelopes the senses in orange blossom, patisserie, melon and spice.  If it weren’t for the fantastic acidity, the concentration here would be almost liqueur-esque in depth, but that nervy energy comes through...

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2016 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £38.60

Case of 6 £231.60

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This is an almost nostalgic wine that hints at childhood memories of baked apple, honeyed raisin, pear drop and fresh apple sauce.  Nuanced layers emerge with grapefruit pith and juicy conference pear alongside spun sugar, nectarine, and white peach.  Its soaring crest of acidity cleanses all the plump sugared fruit and marries beautifully with the accents of spicy botrytised apricot....

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Bottle 75cl £58.60

Case of 6 £351.60

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A magical cuvée from this mythical vineyard. Anyone who has stood in the Clos du Bourg can’t fail to be enchanted.  This Clos du Bourg 1ere Trie is a stunning creation which combines dried tropical fruit aromas with sweet spice. There is such complexity here with botrytis spice, exotic fruit and stewed rhubarb providing a fullness that is somehow piercingly...

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Crafted only in very tiny quantities (just 3000 bottles in 2016) and when conditions allow from top quality berries affected by noble rot. Le Mont’s quintessential flinty grace and poise is in abundance here. Sweet, complex and elegantly fresh; there is a core of wild jasmine, honeysuckle, orange blossom rounded by softly caramelised apple and pear.   The texture is full...

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