2002 Huët "Le Mont" Vouvray Demi-Sec

SKU #1174071 93 points Wine Spectator

 The lush almond, cream and spice aromas lure you in, then the rich, off-dry quince, persimmon, fig and white peach flavors knock you out. The best part? The ripe, tangy acidity wakes you up for an echo of orange peel and clove while keeping it all crystalline in texture. (JM)  (5/2004)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold. Talc, orange zest, pear and white flowers on the nose, along with a touch of pungent herbs. Tangy, finely wrought citrus flavors are given depth and texture by notes of floral honey and bitter pear skin, with a hint of tarragon emerging on the back of the palate. Slow to unfold, but finishes with excellent clarity, lift and persistence. Like 2009 and 2005, 2002 is one of the great vintages here—a year when it was possible to produce all styles at a high level of quality. (JP)  (12/2014)

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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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