2008 Huët Clos du Bourg Première Trie Moelleux Vouvray
Starts with a tangy crème fraîche note before giving way to green almond, green tea, chamomile, powdered ginger and mineral notes. So precise it almost comes off as dry in feel, but the finish belies its late harvest with a showy candied citrus peel note. Drink now through 2025.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light gold. An exotically perfumed bouquet shows passion fruit, mango, poached pear, honey and chamomile qualities, with a lashing of baking spices. Sappy, palate-staining orchard and pit fruit flavors are given a bitter edge by a hint of citrus pith, which adds back end cut. Very rich but surprisingly taut, with strong closing thrust and lingering spiciness.
Pale golden yellow. Rich aromas of candied quince, white truffle and lemon oil mingle with a faint hint of spicy botrytis. The intense depth of rich pit fruit and glazed honey is well framed by the wine’s elegant chalky minerality. The herbal element to this wine’s depth is typical of this unusual vintage. (JP)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Distilled herbal and floral essences again offer the leading impression of Huet’s 2008 Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie. Quince jelly, quinine, and alkaline mineral notes mingle on a rich, subtly oily, yet persistently buoyant palate. A hint of milkiness in the finish here, as well as the fact that significant bitterness goes unrelieved are attributable to the must having inexplicably gone through malo-lactic conversion before it really became wine. Still, the sense of complexity and richness-with-levity are noteworthy, and it will be interesting to see how this unprecedented wine evolves. (DS)
Very pale. Refined AND concentrated. Like a particularly juicy green apple. Lots of malic acid but masses of richness, too. Not the weight of a Sauternes, obviously, but wonderful precision. Toast and honey on the finish. You could probably attack this earlier than the very taut Mont counterpart. 18/20 points.