An unprecedented hat-trick for Domaine Huet: 2016 Vouvrays from Dry to Sweet

As devotees of this world-class domaine will know, the beauty of Huet’s Vouvrays is found in the incredible breadth of styles: from bone-dry Sec wines, right through to the sweetest Moelleux.

It is rare to find all styles and sweetnesses in a single vintage at Domaine Huet. But 2016 has achieved just that. These are historically great cuvées from all three legendary vineyards: Le Haut Lieu, Clos du Bourg and Le Mont.

Solely the climate dictates the style of wine produced in any given vintage. Even cellar-master Jean-Bernard Berthomé himself does not know which styles or cuvées are to be made until the day they pick.

Such knife-edge unpredictability makes this a fascinating estate to follow every year.

2016 comes hot on the heels of two highly praised vintages, creating an unprecedented hat-trick. But as magical as the two earlier vintages were, 2016 stands as arguably the finest of the trio. The 2016s simply have more of everything: exquisite intensity and razor-like tension, profound complexity and viscerally thrilling textures. The sugar is hardly perceptible, vanishing in a ghostlike wave of minerality.

Greatness is not without difficulty, however, a late spring frost reduced the crop in Huet’s three crus by an average of 50%. Each of the three vineyards suffered. Clos du Bourg lost the most of its crop and Le Mont the least. So, while the low yields enhanced the wines’ concentration, it has massively affected availability. Praise came in thick and fast following the release of 2014 and 2015 and we expect the same, if not better, for the 2016s.

Demand for these mythical wines will be high as availability is limited, so we urge you to buy them now; not least because they represent such incredible value for money in the world of fine wine.

Edwina Watson 
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2016 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £24.17

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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 £25.00

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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 Haut Lieu Moelleux

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £25.83

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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

Domaine Huet

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Bottle 75cl £27.50

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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 £27.50

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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 £30.00

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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 £30.00

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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 £46.67

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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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