1989 Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont 1ere Trie Huet

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Average critic rating : 96.0 points



I have been very, very fortunate in my lifetime to drink some of Domaine Huët’s greatest wines, but if I had to pick one single vintage since 1947 here to nominate as my favorite, it would probably be the brilliant 1989s, which simply have everything that I adore in great Vouvray. The 1989 Le Mont Première Trie is still a handful of years away from complete blossoming, but its greatness is already manifest on both the nose and palate and it is all too easy to drink this wine right now! The bouquet is a stunning array of orange, apricot, heather, honey, chalky soil tones, orange peel, the first vestiges of barley sugar and just a whisper of remaining lanolin. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and laser-like in its focus, with a bottomless core, great acids and outstanding length and grip on the still slightly shut down finish. Aromatically, this wine is already hitting on all cylinders, but on the palate, it is still asking for just a bit more patience. It will be magical! 96+. Nov 2016, www.viewfromthecellar.com, Drink: 2022-2085+

Domaine Huet is widely regarded as one of the greatest estates in France. Their Chenin Blancs are one of the most collectible offerings from the Central Loire as they drink deliciously on release but can be aged for decades. The estate covers a total of 35 hectares of vines. These are primarily split among the three single vineyards of Le Haut Lieu, Le Clos du Bourg and Le Mont, and produce a range of sweet, demi-sec and sec Huet wines.

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