We are humbled to offer Domaine Huet’s iconic 2016 Vouvrays. The 3 vineyards of Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Clos du Bourg produce mineral-styled, long-ageing Chenin Blancs of varying sweetness that, according to Neal Martin, will ‘silence a dinner party with awe and wonderment’.
Domaine Huet was established in 1928 and has been farmed biodynamically since 1990. Winemaker Jean-Bernard Barthomé classifies the complicated 2016 vintage as ‘exceptional’ as frost reduced yields by 50% but the harvest conditions were remarkably dry. As a result, Huet produced wines at all levels of sweetness from Sec to Première Trie. These 2016s complete an unprecedented trio of great vintages – following the classical and fresh 2014s and the powerful 2015s.
‘All the wines are very delicate, elegant, pure and superbly balanced expressions of their specific terroirs,’ writes Wine Advocate who gave the wines massive ratings along with Wine Spectator.
Le Mont Sec 2016 is one of the finest dry Huet wines that I’ve tasted. It is ethereal and tight at first, with a railway track structure, and ends with a plume of limey, earthy complexity and ridiculous length. Its fine acidity and depth will allow for decades of ageing.
To capture the full 2016 release, we are offering just 12 mixed packs that include a classy sparkling wine, 2 Demi-Secs and an incredible sweet wine from Le Mont. Otherwise, see the full list of Huet wines here.
Domaine Huet sweetness levels:
Sec – Dry, under 9g/l
Demi-Sec – Around 20g/l
Moelleux 1er Trie – Around 90 g/l
Domaine Huet vineyards:
Le Mont – Flint soils that add chiselled, mineral notes to the wines
Le Haut-Lieu – Clay soils that lend the wines a certain fruitiness
Clos du Bourg – Limestone soils that give the wines their roundness
Huet, Le Mont Sec 2016 – R 535
Green plum and verbena notes lead the way for now, with a flash of quinine on the finish. This is juicy, but still a bit compact overall, with the core of ample pear, quince and ginger flavors in reserve. Just wait for everything to knit together and stretch out, as the purity and length are there. Best from 2018 through 2028. – Wine Spectator, 94/100
Huet, Petillant Brut 2013 – R 425
Huet’s 2013 Vouvray Pétillant Brut offers a delicate bouquet with floral and yeasty as well as nutty aromas. Light but firm with a delicate mousse and fine honey flavors, this is a pretty complex and persistent pétillant with a good, dry finish. – Wine Advocate, 89/100
Huet, Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec 2016 – R 475
This delivers a beautiful display of purity and grace, with creamed Jonagold apple, star fruit, white peach and chamomile notes flowing seamlessly, backed by wet stone and fresh verbena accents. Subtle but persistent energy ripples through the very long finish. Drink now through 2035. – Wine Spectator, 96/100
Huet, Le Mont Demi-Sec 2016 – R 580
This tilts toward the flattering side of off-dry, showing a plump feel to the core of creamed pear, white peach and yellow apple fruit. Lovely verbena, honeysuckle and mineral accents keep this balanced and driven, with a long finish that lets the fruit echo. Drink now through 2032. – Wine Spectator, 95/100
Huet, Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec 2015 – R 595
The 2015 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec displays a well-defined and complex bouquet of ripe and concentrated fruits intertwined with chalky flavors. Dense and elegant on the palate, with a mouth-filling fruit and a perfect sweetness that counterbalances the raciness and firm mineral structure, this is a finesse-full and powerful Chenin with lots of salt and tension. A gorgeous, precise and vivacious wine with great aging potential. – Wine Advocate, 95/100
Huet, Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie 2016 – R 960
Juicy in feel, with an intense beam of glazed peach, dried apricot, fresh ginger and heather honey notes, backed by baked Mirabelle plum accents and a flash of almond cream on the long, rich finish. A wonderful balancing act, keeping the exotic fruit and sweetness fresh and delineated. Best from 2020 through 2035. – Wine Spectator, 96/100