2015 Domaine Huet Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
JJB: $38.94 (Online Avg. $42)
When it comes to Chenin Blanc, there is no better producer than Domaine Huet, who have produced exceptional Chenin Blanc in Vouvray for generations. Their powerful Sec, Demi-Sec, and Molleux Vouvray are benchmarks for the Loire and among the world’s greatest Chenin Blanc. Despite the miniscule production volume and track record for success, superb examples like this 94-point Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec from the superlative 2015 vintage, can still be had for less than $40!
The 2015 Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec is a gorgeous effort, impeccably proportioned and balanced with ample acidity and sweetness in perfect harmony. With the phenomenal 2015 vintage offering Chenin Blanc of unparalleled ripeness and balance, the Wine Advocate’s Stephen Reinhardt recommends that you grab “cases of all styles” from this “world class” producer. The biodynamically farmed Le Haut-Lieu is one of Huet’s top sites, situated on the Première Côte, or first slope, the home of Vouvray’s best terroir and undoubtedly the source of the world’s greatest Chenin. Huet had an "historic 2015 vintage," per the Wine Advocate, producing wines that combine “super ripe, tropical fruit flavors and juicy textures with concentration, perfectly integrated acidities and enormous precision...”
Huet's wines are among the most sought-after not just from the Loire, but from all of France. And they represent arguably the greatest value in white wine from anywhere in the world. For lovers of age worthy white wines of power, complexity, and depth, Domaine Huet’s Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu is an absolute must-have. Cheers!