Wine Advocate 95 points!
Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Haut-Lieu is a white wine gem from the Loire Valley of France made of 100% Chenin Blanc. Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray's Domaine Huët has been the standard-bearer for great, ageworthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day, year after year, the estate produces some of the world's most compelling white wines. The estate's first vineyard, purchased in 1928. Its nine hectares have the richest soils and, generally, yields the most precocious wines. This is a beautiful example of the appellation and an ideal wine to enjoy with food, showing nice minerality and intense fruit. Wine Spectator has rated every vintage since 2007 at 90 points or above! This is a very special wine, with only 2000 cases produced.
"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! 13% alcohol. 80,000 bottles made. Tasted in July 2020. Drink 2020-2050."-Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate, 95 points!
Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Haut-Lieu is soft yellow-green in color with bright acidity. It is medium in body with an aromatic nose of white peach, melon, almond and mineral notes. The wine offers a lush texture with bold flavors of peaches, green apples, pears, ginger and marzipan. It is clean and refreshing with good length on the finish.
Enjoy Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec Haut-Lieu over the next 7-8 years with roast chicken, grilled sole with a creamy morel sauce, crab salad and goat cheese.