2008 Huët "Clos du Bourg Première Trie" Moelleux Vouvray

SKU #1068743 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. Drink now through 2025.  (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.  (6/ 2010)

90 points 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.  (8/ 2010)

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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France

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Loire

- Of all of the French wine producing regions, the Loire might produces the greatest variety of wines. They range from still to sparkling, very dry and acidic to hearty sweet, and clear in color to a deep purple. The diversity of wine produced in this region is due in part to its dynamic climate, which ranges from Continental to Mediterranean. This region is best known for Sauvignon blanc, Chenin blanc and Cabernet Franc. The most famous areas in the Loire Valley may be Sancerre and Vouvray.
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