2015 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux Premiere Trie

Year: 2015
Appellation: Loire Valley
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 96
Wine Advocate: 94+
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Le Haut-Lieu
The estate’s first vineyard, purchased in 1928. Le Haut-Lieu's 9 hectares have the richest soils and, generally, this vineyard yields the estate’s most precocious wines.

"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 out. Best from 2018 through 2040. 200 cases imported. –JM " (WS)

"The dark orange/golden colored 2015 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Moelleux Première Trie has a lovel,y precise and concentrated bouquet of perfectly ripe fruits. Piquant and with a lovely grip and concentration, this is a vibrant, finesse-full and tension-filled Chenin with a beautifully charming fruit and sweetness. The finish is very long, pure and salty, and again full of tension and fine grip. This is a world-class sweet wine.

With the 2015 vintage, Domaine Huet offers (almost) the whole range of Vouvrays again: Secs, Demi-secs, Moelleux and the noble sweet 1ère Tries. However, there was no Clos de Bourg Sec and no Moelleux produced in 2015, just a Demi-Sec; the other crus were selected in all styles and this has not been the case for years now. More than this, 2015 is an exceptional and historic vintage again at Huet (perhaps the best since 1997). I can only recommend to buy cases of all styles. You might know or have learned from my last Huet report (see Interim November 2015), that even the dry and medium-dry wines can age for decades. You just have to find your favorite Huet terroir before you can explore its talents in style and ageability. The 2015s combine super ripe, tropical fruit flavors and juicy textures with concentration, perfectly integrated acidities and enormous precision that reflects the different terroirs, even in the noble sweet Première Tries that ranges between 89 (Le Haut-Lieu) and 117 (Le Mont) grams per liter of residual sugar." (WA)