2013 Huët "Clos de Bourg" Vouvray Sec

SKU #1174070 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Straw-yellow, almost golden in its color, Huet's 2013 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec displays a very clear, intense and aromatic bouquet of ripe, yellow-fleshed fruits and a discreet limestone flavor. More open, round and accessible today on the palate than the corresponding Le Haut-Lieu, this is a full-bodied, complex and mineral Chenin that shows a stunning elegance along with a lingering salinity in the very long, tension-filled and lovely aromatic finish. This is a very pleasant Chenin from this difficult vintage. (SR)  (11/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This is nicely rendered for the vintage, with a steely, minerally spine buried in the core of apple, ginger, pear and quince flavors. Shows good focus, with a taut feel on the finish that should loosen in the cellar. Best from 2016 through 2020.—J.M.  (9/2014)

90 points Vinous

 Bright yellow. Discreet aromas of fresh apricot, mint and citrus zest. A palate-coating muskmelon flavor is enlivened by a refreshing acid structure that makes this wine appear lighter than it actually is. At once stylish and deep, this complex wine finishes with subtle finesse, showing mineral salts and wild spices on the back of the palate. (JBP)  (12/2014)

K&L Notes

Maison Huet is one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided among three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg have been farmed biodynamically since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Le Clos du Bourg is six-hectare vineyard site completely surrounded by a stone wall and just above the church in Vouvray. The soils here are fairly thin, roughly three feet deep, and layered directly on top of non-active limestone. The resulting wines are loaded with structure and power, with unreal textural sensation, vibrant acidity and a long, long finish.

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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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- 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.