2012 Huët "Clos de Bourg" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1153024 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 If you prefer clear and aromatic fruit, an accessible and uncomplicated though also ambitious and complex Chenin Blanc, Huet's 2012 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec could be your choice. Dusty flavors of crushed limestone intertwined with peach, quince and lemon flavors on the very intense, powerful and deep nose migrate to a full-bodied, aromatic, very pure and salty, highly mineral and complex palate; there is a tension-filled and very compact finish with grip, and a powerful and persistent finish. This should be a great wine with lobster and other shellfish today, but also in 50+ years. The Domaine Huet in Vouvray is one of the few world class producers in the Loire Valley. Its reputation was built by 1910-born Gaston Huet and the Le Haut Lieu, a top single vineyard site that was bought by his parents in 1928 with three hectares under vines, all Chenin Blanc. (SR)  (11/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Peach, ginger, salted butter and chamomile notes mingle, with a lightly toasted brioche frame. The apple-tinged finish is ever-so-slightly soft. A solid effort for the vintage.(JM)  (10/2013)

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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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