We tasted this incredible sparkling wine several years ago in Lyon, France, at a one-star restaurant owned by a charming Japanese couple. Since then, it has been etched on our minds how great a sparkling wine the Chenin Blanc grape can make. The Domaine Huet Petillant reserve sees some extended time on the lees that give it incredible complexity like a great Champagne. We were told this sparkling wine was sold out, but the importer received a few late and unexpected cases that we were happy to offer!
View from the Cellar (John Gilman) 93 points - Domaine Huët’s 2009 Vouvray Pétillant “Réserve” is far more like Champagne in personality than the 2012 version, due to its extended time aging sur latte. The bouquet is deep, complex and really refined, wafting from the glass in a classy blend of apple, a touch of quince, warm bread, chalky soil tones and plenty of smokiness in the upper register. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and complex, with a rock solid core, crisp acids, fine focus and grip, pinpoint bubbles and impressive length and grip on the still quite youthful finish. This has only recently been disgorged and it is every bit as youthful as the 2012 regular bottling. It is built to age and should prove to be very long-lived. Quite approachable today, but I might be inclined to tuck it away in the cellar for at least a few more years and really let its superb structure relax a bit more, as it may ultimately be as fine as the famous 1964! (Drink between 2019-2045)