Wine geeks and insiders know the Vouvrays of S.A. Huët well. Alas, limited distribution, combined with the under-the-radar profile of Loire Valley Chenin Blanc, means they are often overlooked by the general wine loving public. A shame, as this is one of the Loire’s top producers of both dry and sweet Chenin Blanc. You can check our database for the most recent reviews.
The ’03 Cuvée Constance, the domaine’s flagship sweet wine made only in certain vintages (’89, ’95, ’97, ’02 and ’03), was in my most recent Loire tasting, and it blew me away - again. Look for the official review in the upcoming June 30 issue. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a quick breakdown on the domaine’s vineyards.
Le Haut-Lieu (22 acres) features a deep layer of heavy brown clay over limestone. Usually the most forward of the three vineyards, the wines produced here are round and supple.
Le Mont (20 acres) is comprised of stony/sandy soils, with some clay and silex. Consequently the wines are finer and show more minerality.
Le Clos du Bourg (15 acres) features a shallow layer of clay on top of limestone. The wine tends to be the most powerful of the trio, as well as the tightest early on. This is usually the vineyard that provides the top moelleux (sweet wines) as well.
If you haven’t tried the wines from S.A. Huët yet, you should. I like serving them with pork or chicken in creamier mushroom sauces, or with a firm fish (turbot for instance) that has been prepared with braised leeks. After you sample one, let me know what you think.
Chris Lavin — Long Beach, CA — May 17, 2006 5:55pm ET
James Molesworth — May 17, 2006 7:47pm ET
Chris Lavin — Long Beach, CA — May 18, 2006 3:36pm ET
Troy Peterson — Burbank, CA — May 18, 2006 4:21pm ET
Dan Jaworek — Chicago — May 25, 2006 5:38pm ET
James Molesworth — May 26, 2006 7:23am ET
Chris Terrell — Brimingham, AL — January 9, 2007 1:39pm ET
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