A fantastic effort from Huet. We were able to get a few more cases of this all-time top effort. Such a magical bottle, we had tasted the lineup in 2019, and across the board, the wines are nothing short of stunning. Le Mont is one of our vintage favorites and is not one to pass up and is a classic example from Huet. One of the best buys for old-world white wine in 2019, this gets our highest recommendation.
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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. We were able to get a few more cases of this beautiful wine dry Vouvray, picking up a few new scores since our last offer. Le mont is stunning, and as John notes below, 2019 is the perfect Sec, or dry Vintage, and is what Cellar Master Bernard Bartholomé focused on along with one demi-sec from the Le Mont vineyard. 2019 also marks Bernards last vintage as a winemaker, and he has retired. 2019 is a laser-focused vintage, and these will need some time in the pen before they reach their true potential, but even in their youth, they are exceptional. One of the best buys for Old World white wine, we have a few cases, but they won't last long!
John Gilman 95+ points! "The 2019 Le Mont Sec from Domaine Huët is a touch riper than the Le Haut Lieu bottling, coming in at 13.5 percent, but still utterly classical in all respects. The beautifully refined and still quite youthful nose jumps from the glass in a blend of quince, green apple, beeswax, a kaleidoscopic bath of limestone minerality, a touch of orange peel, lanolin and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and utterly seamless, with again, stunning mid-palate depth and mineral drive, brisk acids and a very long, nascently complex and laser-like finish. This makes the youthfully reserved Le Haut Lieu Sec seem like a flamboyant and wide open wine, this is so buttoned up right now behind its perfect structural chassis. That said, I do not think I have ever tasted a young vintage of Le Mont Sec from Domaine Huët that possessed more potential, so just tuck it away for a decade and then let the fireworks begin!"
Wine Advocate (Stephan Reinhardt) 94+ points! "Again, Huet's 2019 Vouvray Le Mont Sec reflects the unique, south-facing nine-hectare vineyard with its pebbly flint (silex) and green clay soils wonderfully! Pure, fresh and flinty on the deep, intense yet also floral and herbal nose that represents a concentrated and firm white stone fruit aroma with lemon and grapefruit notes as well as fennel, anise and cumin hints. The bouquet gets darker and stonier with a lot of aeration (during days, to be honest). The leitmotif, though, remains the characteristic mix of aromatic fruit aromas with flint stone and volcanic basalt tones that, at this early stage and poured straight from the bottle, remind me of the Rieslings from Forst, Pfalz (Germany). In any case, this is like perfume on rocky stones! On the palate, Le Mont Sec is a rich, lush and round, very concentrated yet silky textured, elegant, vital and tightly structured 2019 with a powerful, intense and long finish with lingering salinity intertwined with tight, perhaps slightly dry tannins. I recommend cellaring this round yet tight and concentrated Chenin for a decade and then drinking it slowly over many years and with, hopefully, even better integrated tannins. 13.5% alcohol. 30,000 bottles made. Tasted in July 2020."
Antonio Galloni 94 points! "The 2019 Sec Le Mont is precise and beautifully cut. A wine of laser-like focus, Le Mont dazzles with its purity. Citrus peel and floral accents are nicely lifted, but it is the wine's energy that impresses most. Le Mont is a subtle wine that speaks softly, but what it has to say is priceless."