We are down to the last bottles of our best Vouvray of 2021. We retasted this a few weeks ago and it was precise and mineral-driven, with intense notes of citrus and saline. The minerality here is so pure and expressive it is like liquid limestone in the glass. It is the perfect choice for those that enjoy racy mineral-driven wines like Chablis and even GG Riesling and outdoes all the competition in this price range. The extra time in the bottle has only improved this wine, and it's a stunning, bar-setting example of Chenin Blanc.
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2019 is one of the most outstanding vintages in the Loire ever, and Huet based in Vouvray produced some of the best wines they have ever made. These are stunning across the board, and as John notes below that 2019 is the perfect Sec, or dry Vintage, and is what Cellar Master Bernard Bartholomé chose to point his attention along with one demi-sec from the Le Mont vineyard. 2019 also marks Bernards last vintage as a winemaker and has retired since. 2019 is a laser-focused vintage, and these wines will need some time in the pen before they reach their true potential, but even in their youth, they are exceptional.
John Gilman 95 points! "Domaine Huët has only produced four cuvées in 2019, as the vintage has produced such perfect raw materials for making Sec that Cellar Master Jean-Bernard Bartholomé decided to focus almost exclusively on this level, with only a little bit of Demi-Sec produced out of the Le Mont vineyard. This is also the final vintage at the domaine for Monsieur Bartholomé, as he is retiring. The 2019 Le Haut Lieu Sec comes in at an even thirteen percent octane, which coupled to excellent acidity, is likely to make this wine last a hundred years. The beautiful pure and concentrated nose offers up scents of lemon, quince, a hint of pear, complex, chalky soil tones, lanolin and white lilies. On the palate the wine is deep, pure and very precise, with a full-bodied format, a rock solid core, bracing acids and stunning length and grip on the complex and electric finish. I have to imagine that this will drink well for a few years and then close down with a vengeance for a decade or so, after which it will drink for the next eight or nine decades!"
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 95 points! "The deep brown clay soils of the Haut-Lieu plateau provide the typical fruitiness and freshness wonderfully in Huet's 2019 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec. Ripe pear, tangerine and orange fruits with notes of lemon grass and green pimientos intertwined with very fine chalky and later tobacco notes give a remarkably fine, elegant and harmonious, subtly complex and simply gorgeous bouquet with floral (lime blossom!) and yeasty aromas that are immediately attractive. Delicate and linear on the palate, this is a pure, fresh, bone-dry, lean and textured, highly refined and perfectly interwoven Chenin with persistent purity, finesse, salty-mineral tension and very fine tannins. Highly finessed and so pure and vivacious! This is a chalky picture-book Haut-Lieu that can age for many years, even though it is already dangerously seductive! There was no dry Le Haut-Lieu produced in 2018, but the 2019 is possibly the finest, most delicate and elegant I've had in recent years, at least at this early stage. A terrific and buoyant Vouvray that any Chenin lover should try—or, better yet, cellar! 13% alcohol. 80,000 bottles made. Tasted in July 2020."