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2007 Huët "Le Haut Lieu" Vouvray Demi-Sec

SKU #1044849 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 More off-dry than medium sweet, this is a fabulously concentrated wine. It has honey, spice, lemon and sweet pear flavors, which give it a bright, vivid character in its youth. Expect it to close up for 3-4 years, before emerging again as a wine with elegance, balance and complexity.  (9/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Just awakening, this sports heather, ginger, cardamom, green fig, toasted almond and persimmon notes backed by hints of dried nectarine and apricot on the slightly taut finish. Decant or hold a bit longer. Best from 2014 through 2022.  (6/2013)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Light yellow-gold. Lively aromas of lemon, orange and honeysuckle, with subtle herbal and mineral qualities. Smooth, soft citrus and honeydew flavors are braced by dusty minerals and show a candied floral quality on the back half. The finish is juicy, focused and very long, repeating the orange and floral notes and leaving a trail of minerals behind. I'd hold this wine for at least another five years but there's no harm in drinking it now.  (6/2010)

K&L Notes

Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite some time now. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties: Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg--throughout the region that have been farmed in the biodynamic method since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. Legends in the making here! Stretching 9 hectares Le Haut-Lieu provides extremely deep limestone and brown clay soils. Due to the rich heavy soils the wines from this site tend to have a richer rounder character, deep nuances of stone fruit and finish off with a mouthwatering, juicy finish.

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/23/2009 | Send Email
I allocated my entire February wine budget to Huet. Part of that purchase was 3 of these bottles. These are as close to perfection in a demi-sec wine as you'll probably get.

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