• Domaine Huet Le Mont Moelleux Premiere Trie Vouvray 2015 98

    Domaine Huet Le Mont Moelleux Premiere Trie Vouvray 2015

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    98pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine." ~ Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

     From one of the most iconic French appelations, this Domaine Huet Le Mont Premiere Trie Moelleux Vouvray is a treasure to behold. It is a lush and classic dessert wine the likes of which we haven't tasted before, unless we were to make a tenuous connection to some of the best Sauternes we've ever had. In case you didn't know, Chenin Blanc is made in 4 different degrees of sweetness, much like Riesling. The Premier Trie Moelleux is not the sweetest, but one away, so there is a lovely silkiness to it, but not weight. The balance is spectacular, and you can cellar it for decades. They were still pouring 1920's vintages at the winery in the 80's... Take some time to clear your palates before pouring this Le Mont. It will be delicious with a French Crottin de Chavignol, a sheep cheese, or a Tarte Tatin of lovingly caramelized apples and buttery pastry. Come to think of it, you can pour it with an appetizer first course of seared foie gras and with a tart cherry reduction drizzled on top. Comment allez-vous choisir, winelovers

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
    : "The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine with a persistent grip and salinity. Great balance and harmony.  Drink window: 2020 - 2050.

    With the 2015 vintage, Domaine Huet offers (almost) the whole range of Vouvrays again: Secs, Demi-secs, Moelleux and the noble sweet 1ère Tries. However, there was no Clos de Bourg Sec and no Moelleux produced in 2015, just a Demi-Sec; the other crus were selected in all styles and this has not been the case for years now. More than this, 2015 is an exceptional and historic vintage again at Huet (perhaps the best since 1997). I can only recommend to buy cases of all styles. You might know or have learned from my last Huet report (see Interim November 2015), that even the dry and medium-dry wines can age for decades. You just have to find your favorite Huet terroir before you can explore its talents in style and ageability. The 2015s combine super ripe, tropical fruit flavors and juicy textures with concentration, perfectly integrated acidities and enormous precision that reflects the different terroirs, even in the noble sweet Première Tries that ranges between 89 (Le Haut-Lieu) and 117 (Le Mont) grams per liter of residual sugar." Oct 2016

    Winery:  "The work of the pickers will always be respected, preserved, never forgotten. The Premiere Tries are the result of careful selection applied during the harvest. They are made by successive passages, only the best berries are harvested. Botrytised, the grapes thus harvested are distinguished by beautiful concentrations in sugar and acidity. The patience of the harvest magnifies the potential maturity of the grapes and gives birth to rich bottles."

    Bottle:
    750ml, cork
    Varietal: Chenin Blanc
    Region: Vouvray, Loire Valley, France