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This collection of biodynamic Vouvray vineyards is known as one of the greatest producers of Chenin Blanc – not only in the Loire Valley, but in the world. Founded by Victor Huet in 1928 and built up by his son Gaston, until his passing at the age of 92, Domaine Huet has new US owners who are continuing the Huet philosophy – which Armit Wines knows well, having worked with both families to bring the Domaine Huet wines to the UK. This means almost exclusively single-vineyard wines that can express the Chenin Blanc character as dry, demi-sec, sweet or sparkling...
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2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec

Domaine Huet

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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

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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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2017 Vouvray Le Mont Demi-Sec

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Bottle 75cl £36.60

Case of 6 £219.60

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Upfront honeysuckle and sweet grapefruit give way to pure green apple and gunflint.  The wine has a hint of tannin and huge balancing freshness.Armit Wines

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Bottle 75cl £37.20

Case of 6 £223.20

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The nose here is exceedingly decadent with passionfruit and ripe mango. Lush, concentrated and viscous but with a tempering acidic backbone, this is a truly exciting wine. The Haut Lieu style means that this exceptionally smooth wine will be very hard to resist in its youth.

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2009 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec

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2009 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux

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Case of 6 £225.60

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2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux

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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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2017 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux

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As JB said when we tasted together, “No comment, it is great”.  Many a true word said in jest.  The Le Mont Moelleux is exceptional and has a long life to come.  Rich texture leads in to a massive wave of green apple and spice.  It is supported by minerality, freshness and smokey, savoury inflections.  This is a wine with...

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2016 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux

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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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2009 Vouvray Pétillant

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Soft orchard fruits, white flowers and citrus peel create an attractive and comforting aroma alongside subtle mineral-inflected scents. The mousse is incredibly fine, giving a gentle, mouthfilling texture which holds the taut, pithy citrus and camomile flavours in check. There is a wonderful fleshy quality which is balanced by soft toasty notes and a remarkable freshness which lasts long onto...

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Bottle 50cl £46.76

Case of 6 £280.52

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Bottle 75cl £58.60

Case of 6 £351.60

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Wow, this wine is incredible.  When tasting so many wines it is rare that one can give you goosebumps.  At first you are met with a smokey, powerful and dense wine that takes a few minutes to unwind.  As it opens in the glass you are met with a melange of tarte tatin, spice, vanilla, caramelised grapefruit and barley sugar. ...

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DOMAINE HUET WINES

Biodynamic farming was introduced to Domaine Huet in 1990 but, in a sense, the Vouvray wine estate which was founded in 1928, has always followed the will of the cosmos, responding to climate and the earth’s effect on its Chenin Blanc vines. This versatile grape is used for dry, demi-sec, sweet and sparkling wines. In warmer years, only sweet wine is produced, while cooler vintages mean sparkling and drier white wines are vinified. It is simply not Domaine Huet’s way to force the matter and lower quality thresholds to meet quotas, if the grapes are not right for a certain wine, it will not be produced. “We produce what nature gives us” is the philosophy the Hwang family, the new owner of the Domaine Huet Vouvray estate, has continued from the estate’s founders.

The Domaine Huet wines estate was founded by Victor Huet in 1928 in the gentle hills overlooking Vouvray village in the Loire Valley. From the beginning, the nine hectares of Le Haut Lieu on the Première Côte, Vouvray’s acknowledged premier cru terroir, were planted entirely with the Loire’s traditional grape, Chenin Blanc. And, from the start, Victor’s 17-year-old son, Gaston Huet, worked beside his father on the land on the Domain Huet Vouvray wines estate, keeping the notoriously prolific growth of these vines in check to ensure quality. During World War II, Huet served heroically (as his father had in World War I) and was eventually captured as a POW.

After the Liberation, Gaston took over the Domaine and raised its reputation to the very top. He acquired two more parcels on the Première Côte: Clos du Bourg (which Huet began farming in 1953, before purchasing it in 1963); and, in 1957 Domaine Huet Le Mont. The Domaine Huet estate now encompasses 30 hectares. In 2002, when Gaston Huet passed away at the age of 92, New York businessman Anthony Hwang invested in the winery. His daughter Sarah is now in day-to-day charge and, in 2014, Armit Wines was pleased when she appointed us to become the exclusive UK distributor for Domaine Huet. Continuity was assured when the Hwang family took over, with Gaston Huet’s son-in-law Noël Pinguet continuing in the role of winemaker, which he’d held since 1971, with his assistant Jean-Bernard Berthomé as chef de cave. On Pinguet’s retirement in 2012, Berthomé took over as chief winemaker for Domaine Huet wines.

Domaine Huet is fully committed to biodynamic viticulture - not only, as some producers do, adhering to the practices while rejecting the mysticism, but embracing the theories of cosmic influence too: “Gently, over time, the universe reveals its mysteries.” The producers of Domaine Huet are described not as growing Chenin Blanc, but “discovering” it, helping the vine “find its balance in its natural environment and the energies that surround it” and “reveal the essence of each terroir”.

The three parts of Domaine Huet’s 30-hectare estate remain very much individual crus. Almost all of the Domaine Huet wines are the products of single vineyards. The wines from Le Haut Lieu’s rich brown limestone clay tend to emphasise the fresh floral character, fruit complexity and supple texture of Vouvray; Le Mont’s flinty ground produces an intense acidity and deep minerality; while the shallow soil of Clos du Bourg often combines the two extremes and produces wines of wonderful balance and great potential for ageing.

DOMAINE HUET VOUVRAY

The Domaine Huet Vouvray estate is probably most highly regarded for its Mouelleux wines, Chenin Blanc’s acidity balancing incredible expressions of sweet fruit that would put an award-winning patisserie chef to shame, an array spanning rich baked apples, perfumed stone fruit, spiced rhubarb and more. The Première Trie releases are particularly fine. The one sweet Loire Valley wine blended from different vineyards is Cuvée Constance (named after Gaston Huet’s mother) produced only in the best vintages, it always has a wonderfully balanced sweetness and acidity.

In demi-sec form, Domaine Huet’s Vouvrays are wonderfully succulent but never heavy. Its secs have a clarity and purity, like fruit cut with the sharpest of steel blades. And the Vouvray Pétillant is known for its fine mousse, heady flowers on the nose, and soft orchard fruits and citrus notes, but always chiselled away at by the Domaine Huet minerality, to give it a pleasant edge.

While the discipline that Domaine Huet will only make the right wines in the right years is still maintained, sometimes, it seems, the cosmos provides… in 2016, the third great vintage in a row, all styles were produced, despite February frosts which destroyed much of the growth. These wines are therefore rare but well worth acquiring and Armit Wines has access to these gems.

Browse Domaine Huet wines and order online today.

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