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New Release: 2016 Domaine Huet “Some of the greatest wines in the world” JR

“Loire stalwart Domaine Huët stuns with a selection of classic dessert bottlings” James Molesworth
“Do yourself a favour, forget all the hullabaloo about Bordeaux and Burgundy; go seek Gaston Huet’s wines … to silence a dinner party with awe and wonderment.” Neal Martin

Following on from the delightful weather that we have enjoyed over the past few days, I am pleased to offer you the truly exceptional 2016 Vouvray’s from Domaine Huet, one of the world’s great white wine estates.

It is rare to find all styles and sweetness 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.  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.

Such greatness came at a steep price, 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 the Wine Spectator have just heaped praise on the 2016s, with some great scores. 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.

Please note that these wines are limited and balance orders are preferred – I will of course do my best to secure all wines where possible.

Le Haut Lieu Sec
“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.” Producer NoteLe Mont Sec
“Green plum and verbena notes lead the way for now, with a flash of quinine on the finish. This is juicy, but still a bit compact overall, with the core of ample pear, quince and ginger flavors in reserve. Just wait for everything to knit together and stretch out, as the purity and length are there. Best from 2018 through 2028” 94 points, James Molesworth Wine SpectatorClos du Bourg Sec
“Bright and pure, with delightful pear, green almond and green plum notes laced with a fennel streak, ending with finely beaded acidity and a mineral echo through the finish. Very refined. Drink now through 2027.” 93 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

Le Haut Lieu Demi Sec
“This delivers a beautiful display of purity and grace, with creamed Jonagold apple, star fruit, white peach and chamomile notes flowing seamlessly, backed by wet stone and fresh verbena accents. Subtle but persistent energy ripples through the very long finish. Drink now through 2035.” 96 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

Le Mont Demi Sec
“This tilts toward the flattering side of off-dry, showing a plump feel to the core of creamed pear, white peach and yellow apple fruit. Lovely verbena, honeysuckle and mineral accents keep this balanced and driven, with a long finish that lets the fruit echo. Drink now through 2032.” 95 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

Clos du Bourg Demi Sec
“Gorgeous, with creamy-edged nectarine, yellow and green apple, pear and quince flavors that are brightly defined from start to finish, flecked with verbena and honeysuckle hints and backed by a off-dry edge on the finish. Stays fresh and pure throughout. Tempting now but there’s no rush. Drink now through 2032.” – 95 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

Le Haut Lieu Moelleux
“Gorgeous crystallized ginger, dried quince, glazed pear and warm persimmon notes are seamlessly interwoven here, gliding through a lengthy finish that picks up a lilting green tea accent. Frankly off-dry but wonderfully pure. Drink now through 2035.” 95 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

Clos du Bourg Moelleux
“A stunner, with beautiful pear, green fig, yellow apple and quince notes that are creamy and flirtatiously sweet, yet seamless and refined in feel. The extremely long finish lets honeysuckle and verbena notes dance throughout, with a light echo of white ginger at the very end. Best from 2020 through 2040.”  97 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

Le Mont Moelleux 1 ère Trie
“Juicy in feel, with an intense beam of glazed peach, dried apricot, fresh ginger and heather honey notes, backed by baked Mirabelle plum accents and a flash of almond cream on the long, rich finish. A wonderful balancing act, keeping the exotic fruit and sweetness fresh and delineated. Best from 2020 through 2035.” 96 points, James Molesworth – Wine Spectator

New Release: 2016 Domaine Huet “Some of the greatest wines in the world” JR