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Huët Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec 2020

Chenin Blanc from Vouvray, Loire, France
WS 96
WA 95-96
V 95
JG 93
13.5% ABV
Item # 339685

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96 points Wine Spectator: "This broad, striking white is elegant and rich with complexity, featuring green melon, yellow fig, ginger and verbena notes, underscored with heather, stone, flint and spice details. Offers great energy and tension, showcasing expert craftsmanship. Drink now through 2036. (9/1/21)"

95-96 points Stephen Reinhardt (The Wine Advocate): "The 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec is clear, pure, subtle, deep and fresh, with highly refined chalky/sandy lemon aromas. Rich and intense yet silky textured and refined on the concentrated palate, this is a juicy, highly elegant, perfectly balanced, persistently salty and mouth-salivating Haut-Lieu with very fine tannins and a long, firm and pretty powerful but elegant and complex finish. Still more stringent than the Le Mont Demi-Sec in the beginning, but after aeration, this is not just a greatly finessed Chenin but one of the finest Haut-Lieu's I have tasted from Huet. Tasted as a tank sample in April 2021. 2025-2155. (May 2021)"

95 points Rebecca Gibb, MW (Vinous): "The 2020 Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec is made in a perfumed, floral style, offering aromas of pear, orange citrus, white flowers and agave nectar. There's a sense of effortlessness about this wine, like floating along on a cloud of Chenin Blanc with nowhere to be in any hurry. And yet there's a real tension and poise on the finish. While it's demi-sec, offering 19g/L of residual sugar, the pH is a low 3.16 and provides a line of acidity that anchors the wine, leaving a just off-dry impression on the precise finish. A very complete wine, in its diapers yet massively drinkable already (Haut-Lieu tends to be the domaine's earliest vineyard to get into its stride), although Domaine Huet fans will know this has an assured future. Drink: 2021-2035. (Mar 2021)"

93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "Domaine Huët’s 2020 Demi-Sec from the Le Haut Lieu vineyard is a beautiful young wine. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful blend of apple, quince, lanolin, chalk dusty soil tones, a touch of honeycomb, orange peel and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and racy, with a superb core of fruit, lovely soil undertow, lovely bounce and complexity and a long, zesty and superb balanced finish. This is a gorgeous wine in the making! Like all of the Domaine Huët wines when young, it should offer up a year or two of accessibility, before hunkering down for an eight to ten year period of hibernation, after which it will open up again and last sixty or seventy years! Fine juice. 2021-2085. (May/Jun 2021)"
96 points Wine Spectator: "This broad, striking white is elegant and rich with complexity, featuring green melon, yellow fig, ginger and verbena notes, underscored with heather, stone, flint and spice details. Offers great energy and tension, showcasing expert craftsmanship. Drink now through 2036. (9/1/21)"

95-96 points Stephen Reinhardt (The Wine Advocate): "The 2020 Vouvray Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec is clear, pure, subtle, deep and fresh, with highly refined chalky/sandy lemon aromas. Rich and intense yet silky textured and refined on the concentrated palate, this is a juicy, highly elegant, perfectly balanced, persistently salty and mouth-salivating Haut-Lieu with very fine tannins and a long, firm and pretty powerful but elegant and complex finish. Still more stringent than the Le Mont Demi-Sec in the beginning, but after aeration, this is not just a greatly finessed Chenin but one of the finest Haut-Lieu's I have tasted from Huet. Tasted as a tank sample in April 2021. 2025-2155. (May 2021)"

95 points Rebecca Gibb, MW (Vinous): "The 2020 Le Haut Lieu Demi-Sec is made in a perfumed, floral style, offering aromas of pear, orange citrus, white flowers and agave nectar. There's a sense of effortlessness about this wine, like floating along on a cloud of Chenin Blanc with nowhere to be in any hurry. And yet there's a real tension and poise on the finish. While it's demi-sec, offering 19g/L of residual sugar, the pH is a low 3.16 and provides a line of acidity that anchors the wine, leaving a just off-dry impression on the precise finish. A very complete wine, in its diapers yet massively drinkable already (Haut-Lieu tends to be the domaine's earliest vineyard to get into its stride), although Domaine Huet fans will know this has an assured future. Drink: 2021-2035. (Mar 2021)"

93+ points John Gilman (View From the Cellar): "Domaine Huët’s 2020 Demi-Sec from the Le Haut Lieu vineyard is a beautiful young wine. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a youthful blend of apple, quince, lanolin, chalk dusty soil tones, a touch of honeycomb, orange peel and a topnote of dried flowers. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and racy, with a superb core of fruit, lovely soil undertow, lovely bounce and complexity and a long, zesty and superb balanced finish. This is a gorgeous wine in the making! Like all of the Domaine Huët wines when young, it should offer up a year or two of accessibility, before hunkering down for an eight to ten year period of hibernation, after which it will open up again and last sixty or seventy years! Fine juice. 2021-2085. (May/Jun 2021)"
Product SKU 339685
Producer Huët
Country France
Region Loire
SubRegion Vouvray
Varietal Chenin Blanc
Vintage 2020
Size 750ml
Color White
ABV 13.5%
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