2008 Huët "Le Haut Lieu" Vouvray Demi-Sec
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Heliotrope and narcissus set the sweet and musky tone for Huet’s 2008 Vouvray Demi-Sec Le Haut Lieu, which delivers a near-jolt of energy, bright citricity, and the musky bite of Misato rose radishes to the palate. Underlying alkaline and chalky notes as well as a hint of honey add to the musky complexity of a long finish. This should be remarkable to follow for 15 or more years, though I'm not sure I would broach another bottle for 2-3, or that becoming harmonious is really what this wine will be about.
Offers lilting ginger, creamed peach, green fig and brioche flavors offset by a live-wire spine of acidity. Flirts with being off-dry in feel, but finishes with rapier cut. Shows impressive purity and definition for the vintage. Drink now through 2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale yellow. Pungent pit fruits, spices and dried flowers on the nose. Wound pretty tight today, opening slowly to offer juicy nectarine and lemon curd flavors and deeper honey and marzipan qualities. A much harder read than the Le Mont Demi-Sec today, finishing with solid grip and lingering honey and floral notes.