Domaine Huet

"Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray's Domaine Huët has been the standard-bearer for great, ageworthy Chenin Blanc. And to this day, year after year, the estate produces some of the world's most compelling white wines--and in a remarkable range that spans sparkling, dry, semi-dry, and breathtaking dessert styles.

The domaine's founder, Victor Huët, was a Parisian bistro owner. However, with lungs and nerves shattered by his experiences in WWI, Victor re-settled to the town of Vouvray in France's beautiful Loire Valley. He soon purchased the first of his great vineyards, Le Haut-Lieu, in 1928, and Domaine Huët was born.

Victor's son Gaston (born 1910) worked with his father from the beginning, and assumed full charge by 1937. With an obsessive devotion to quality, and an engaging showman's personality, Gaston built the Huët legacy over the next 55 years, despite spending five years in a German POW camp during WWII.

The Grand Crus: For all his salesmanship, Gaston understood clearly that quality must come first--and that quality started with great vineyards. His Haut-Lieu parcel, which lies on Vouvray's "Première Côte" (or "first slope"), is home to virtually all of the appellation's acknowledged grand cru vineyards.

As the estate prospered in the post-WWII era, Gaston secured two additional prime vineyards on the Première Côte that would ensure the domaine's stature: Le Mont (purchased in 1957) and Clos du Bourg (farmed since 1953, purchased in 1963). Collectively, these three vineyards, and the wines made from them, account for Huët being the greatest of all Vouvray producers.

The Team: In 1971, Gaston was joined by his talented son-in-law, Noël Pinguet. Together, they crafted legendary wines from their three parcels--with the vineyards and nature dictating which grapes would become Sec, Demi- Sec, or Moelleux. The estate always held back significant stocks of older vintages, and these wines' near immortality has helped to further the Huët legend.

By 1979, Jean-Bernard Berthomé joined the estate, first working in the vineyards with his parents who were the original vineyard managers at Huet, and then as Pinguet's right hand in the cellar. His experiences in all aspects of viticulture and winemaking lay the groundwork for his future role at the estate. But first things first...

In 2002, with Gaston ailing, a financial partner was needed to ensure the continuation of the estate's rich legacy. Anthony Hwang, a Filipino-born, New York businesmsman (and long-time sweet wine collector) was brought into the partnership. Gaston passed away that year, but, with the security and enthusiasm brought by Tony, Noël Pinguet was able to continue Gaston's important work up until his retirement in 2009.

Today: With Huet veteran Jean-Bernard Berthomé at the helm, coupled with the endless support and passion of second generation siblings Sarah & Hugo Hwang, Domaine Huet may be making its most consistently great wines. As was one of the earliest adopters of biodynamic practices, and with years of experience working with the appellation's greatest terroirs, Jean-Bernard and his team are achieving a fascinating level of transparency, purity, and knife-edged balance in the wines.

The Wines: As previously mentioned, at their discretion, the estate produces Sec, Demi-Sec, Moelleux, or Moelleux 1ère Trie ("first selection") from any of the three principal vineyards. A superb sparkling Pétillant is also made, drawing grapes from all three vineyards, as well as from other small parcels on the estate.

Le Haut-Lieu--The original Huët vineyard is nearly 9 hectares. It has the richest soils of the domaine's three crus--a deep limestone-clay--and the wines are generally the estate's most approachable. In some vintages, small quantities from nearby estate parcels may be added to Le Haut-Lieu.

Le Mont--For many insiders, the argument over Vouvray's greatest vineyard comes down to two sites: Le Mont and Clos du Bourg. Undisputably a grand cru vineyard, Le Mont enjoys a choice site on the Première Côte. With less clay and more stone than Le Haut-Lieu, including a high content of green mica, Le Mont yields young wines of intense minerality and often the most linear and precise wine in the Huet lineup. With age, the wines develop great length and finesse.

Clos du Bourg--Gaston Huët believed this to be the greatest of all Vouvray vineyards. With the Première Côte's poorest, shallowest, stoniest soils, Clos du Bourg wines often produces the most powerful wine in the lineup, synthesizing Le Mont's intense minerality with Le Haut-Lieu's generous texture.

Constance--Since 1989, the estate has also produced this magical, botrytized dessert wine selected from one, two or all three vineyards. Made only in great sweet wine vintages, the Cuvée Constance (named for Gaston's mother) ranks among the world's greatest dessert wines."

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Domaine Huet 'Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Sec 2017
"Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s Domaine Huët has been the standard-bearer for great, age-worthy Chenin Blanc. Responsible for what are unquestionably some of the world’s finest Chenin Blanc wines, Vouvray’s Domaine Huet rarely disappoints, and the 2017 Haut-Lieu Sec is no exception. Though it
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Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Demi-Sec 2017
"From the world-renowned house of Huet, the pre-eminent producer of Vouvray. It's an epehemeral, beautifully minerally white the likes of which are few and far between. Don't miss out winelovers. Taking its roots deep into the chalk soils of Vouvray, this off-dry wine resonates beautifully in the
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Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Demi-Sec 2016
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "Gorgeous, with creamy-edged nectarine, yellow and green apple, pear and quince flavors that are brightly defined from start to finish, flecked with verbena and honeysuckle hints and backed by a off-dry edge on the finish. Stays fresh and pure throughout. Tempting now but there’s

Domaine Huet 'Le Mont' Vouvray Moelleux 2016
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96"Bright, even exuberant in feel, with a parade of Jonagold apple, green melon, Bosc pear and quince flavors streaming through, gilded with heather, honeysuckle and verbena notes on the long, lithe finish. Remarkably elegant despite the off-dry style. Drink now through 2035."

Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Moelleux 2016
97  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 97 "A stunner, with beautiful pear, green fig, yellow apple and quincenotes that are creamy and flirtatiously sweet, yet seamless and refined in feel. The extremely long finish lets honeysuckle and verbena notes dance throughout, with a light echo of white ginger at the very end.

Domaine Huet 'Le Mont' Vouvray Moelleux 1er Trie 2015
98  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 98 "The 2015 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie is super clear, ripe and aromatic on the nose, highly elegant and with lovely flinty flavors. Intense and concentrated, with great finesse and vitality, this is a highly elegant and perfectly balanced wine with a persistent grip and

Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Demi-Sec 2015
95  John Gilman 
Wine Advocate 95 "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

Domaine Huet 'Le Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Moelleux 1er Trie 2015
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 "Gorgeous from the get-go, featuring notes of creamed melon, yellow apple and persimmon that glide effortlessly, inlaid with hints of green tea, verbena, heather and quince. The long finish has beautiful flow, with a buried mineral edge imparting freshness while the fruit plays

Domaine Huet 'Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Sec 2015
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "Solidly ripe, with a full-bodied core of ginger, pear and persimmon notes allied to a racy spine that lengthens the finish, letting ginger, quince and green almond accents play out. This should age well in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2027."  "Since its founding in 1928,

Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec 'Le Mont' 2015
93  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 93 "A light echo of baked apple leads off, followed by quince, pow- dered ginger and verbena notes at the core. The long, minerally finish features rippling acidity. Still tight, so let this unwind in the cellar. Best from 2017 through 2027."  "Since its founding in 1928, Vouvray’s

Domaine Huet 'Le Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Moelleux 2015
95  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 95 "Offers a big, broad feel, with layers of glazed pear, apple and peach falling over each other, backed by fresh ginger, honeysuckle and quince notes. Everything pulls together through the finish, with green tea accents and racy minerality providing the foil. Drink now through

Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Moelleux 1er Trie 2015
98  John Gilman 
Wine Spectator 97 WS TOP 1002016 Rank 66 "Concentrated, with a core of intense Jonagold apple, glazed Bosc pear, ginger cream and dried quince flavors, carried by filigreed acidity and backed by green tea, verbena, chamomile and persim- mon notes. The finish is extremely long. Best from 2018

Domaine Huet 'Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Sec 2014
93  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 93+ "A golden yellow color dresses the 2014 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Sec, which is still a baby on the nose, showing concentrated, almost tropical fruit flavors (pineapples, lemons) on the clear and fresh nose. Round and fruity on the palate, this medium to full-bodied, very elegant and

Domaine Huet Vouvray Sec 'Le Mont' 2014
96  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 96 "Huet's 2014 Vouvray Le Mont Sec is the other wine that wine lovers should buy and store, especially those with a heart for crystalline and extremely mineral wines. If Clos du Bourg is like something between Chablis and Riesling, Le Mont is comparable with Sancerre from Silex

Domaine Huet 'Haut-Lieu' Vouvray Sec 2013
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "This is very expressive, with chutney, warmed apple, piecrust, orange blossom and honeysuckle notes all woven together and carrying through the quinine-fueled finish. Shows superb density and length for the vintage. Best from 2015 through 2022."   "Since its founding in 1928,

Gaston Huet 'Cuvee Constance' Vouvray 2003 500ml
98  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 98 "Offers a stunning array of date, quince paste, fig and persimmon aromas and flavors, with a laser of acidity carrying it all through an extremely lengthy finish. Just when you think it's all opulence, riveting acidity and a green tea hint flash on the finish, leaving a

Domaine Huet 'Clos du Bourg' Vouvray Moelleux 1er Trie 2009
96  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 96 WS TOP 100 2011 Rank 3 " The nearly 15-acre Clos du Bourg vineyard features a mix of clay, silt and pebbles over limestone subsoils, producing this Loire Valley domaines richest expression of Chenin Blanc. If weather permits, as it did in 2009, beneficial Botrytis cinerea (noble