2008 Huët Clos du Bourg Première Trie Moelleux Vouvray

SKU #1068743 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Huet's brilliantly dark yellow colored 2008 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux Première Trie offers a super clear and ripe, concentrated and highly elegant, gorgeously aromatic bouquet of ripe, yellow-skinned fruits and a dusty stone and smoky bacon aromas. Sweet and full of finesse and salty minerals on the highly elegant and fruit-intense palate, this beautifully balanced Chenin develops a great tension, density and compact structure that also dominates the long and very promising finish. There is so much finesse and concentration in this wine that you can only fall in love with it. Luckily this affair will hold much longer than today's average marriage. (SR)  (11/2015)

95 points Wine Spectator

 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. (JM)  (5/2011)

93 points 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. This is less forthcoming than the Le Mont version. 93+ points. (JR)  (5/2010)

92 points Vinous

 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)  (12/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 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.  (12/2009)

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Chenin Blanc

- Also called Pineau de la Loire and Pineau d'Anjou. Chenin Blanc is an expressive white French varietal that makes beautiful dry, sweet and sparkling wines. Traditionally grown in the Loire Valley, the wines made from this varietal are typically labeled geographically. Vouvray Chenins are traditionally medium-sweet; Savennières Chenins are typically bright and crisp; Coteaux du Layon Chenins like Bonezeaux and Quarts de Chaume are among the world's most sought-after sweet wines, and the sparkling Chenins of Saumur are perfumed and delicious. What all of these iterations of the grape have in common is their ability to age, a gift bestowed upon them because of the grape's naturally high-acidity.


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