2016 Domaine Huet Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec

Year: 2016
Appellation: Loire Valley
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 93
Dessert Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$39.95

Clos du Bourg
This ancient, walled vineyard has estate’s the shallowest, stoniest soils. The wines are rich and intense. Many consider the 6-ha Clos du Bourg to be Vouvray’s finest single site.


"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 no rush. Drink now through 2032. 600 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"From 30-year-old vines on calcareous loam soils, the 2016 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec offers a clear, pure, fine and intensely aromatic bouquet with tropical fruit and chalky aromas. Round, lush and exotic on the palate, with a silky texture and salty piquancy on the finish, the 2016 needs up to a decade to integrate the 19 grams of residual sugar. The finish is lovey, concentrated, juicy and well structured, with a lingering and stimulating salinity. Tasted February 2018.

Huet's winemaker Jean-Bernard Barthomé classifies the complicated 2016 vintage as "exceptional" in so far as the frost from April 27th reduced 50% of the potential yields. 2016 was also exceptional due to the endless rainfalls in spring that were followed by an exceptional period of drought between July and November. The harvest? "Exceptional!" It started October 6th and went on for three beautiful weeks under a blue, luminous sky. "Beautiful conditions prior to and during the harvest allowed us to make multiple passes through the vineyards," he said, which led to the production of the entire range of table wines from Sec to Première Trie and even the rarely produced "Cuvée Constance" (I haven't tasted the latter yet, though). Bottled in April 2017, all the wines are very delicate, elegant, pure and superbly balanced expressions of their specific terroirs. The Clos du Bourg Moelleux is the first since 2009, and it is fabulous. However, my personal wine of the vintage is the 2016 Le Mont Moelleux Première Trie, which is a very complex and truly exciting Chenin Blanc from flint and green clay soils! Its light, fresh, pure and concentrated style reflects the vintage perfectly, with firm yet vibrant structure, a salty taste, crystalline acidity and a long, complex finish that reflects the great terroir of Le Mont.

The 2015 Cuvée Constance is terribly rich, sweet and intense, a deep and unctuously textured sweet wine to be enjoyed many years from now.

From Huet's German importer I received the three 1997 Première Tries, of which the Clos du Bourg was absolutely amazing. Its lightness, great finesse and elegance is not far from 2016, but 20 years of bottle aging have added enormous complexity. This wine is still available, and Chenin Blanc lovers shouldn't miss it. The bottles I had from Le Mont were not in the best shape, though. When I have the chance to taste it again, you'll read about it." (WA)