Farming at Domaine Huet

A Superb Collecton of Vouvrays from Domaine Huet and Dinner at Racines with Pascaline Lepeltier, Featuring 1947, 1959, 1989 & 1996!

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We are proud to present an extensive collection of the great Vouvrays of Domaine Huet from 1947 to 2016. The estate is one of the greatest producers of white wines in the world, producing brilliant wines, from very dry to intensely sweet, from Chenin Blanc grown principally in three great vineyards on the limestone and clay soils of Vouvray.

A bit of history, courtesy of The Rare Wine Company, the estate's current importer: "The domaine’s founder, Victor Huet, was a Parisian bistro owner. However, with lungs and nerves shattered by his experiences in WWI, Victor re-settled to the town of Vouvray in France’s beautiful Loire Valley. He soon purchased the first of his great vineyards, Le Haut-Lieu, in 1928, and Domaine Huet was born. Victor’s son Gaston (born 1910) worked with his father from the beginning, and assumed full charge by 1937. With an obsessive devotion to quality, Gaston built the Huet legacy over the next 55 years, despite spending five years in a German POW camp during WWII. The Haut-Lieu parcel lies on Vouvray’s “Première Côte,” or “first slope,” which is home to virtually all of the appellation’s acknowledged grand cru vineyards. As the estate prospered in the post-WWII era, Gaston secured two additional prime vineyards on the Première Côte that would ensure the domaine’s stature: Le Mont (purchased in 1957) and Clos du Bourg (farmed since 1953, purchased in 1963). Collectively, these three vineyards, and the wines made from them, account for Huet being the greatest of all Vouvray producers."

In 1971, Gaston was joined by his  son-in-law, Noël Pinguet who gradually took charge and, beginning in 1988, converted the estate to organic and biodynamic agriculture. In 2002, the estate was purchased by Anthony Hwang (who we had the pleasure of knowing at the time), with Noel Pinguet remaining as winemaker until his departure in 2012, when cellarmaster Jean-Bernard Berthomé took over. The outstanding quality of the 2015 and 2016 vintages here have shown that the estate is in good hands.

At some point in the distant past, our trips to the Loire Valley began to include regular visits to the Salon des Vins de Loire with the team at Louis/Dressner Selections. At an appointed time, we would be ushered into the private area of Domane Huet where we happily received guided tastings from Monsieur Pinguet, always with the new vintage and then a succession of delights from the past. In 1994(?) we tasted the perfectly balanced sweet wines of 1989, followed by the exuberant, more botrytised 1990s, including the sensational Clos du Bourg 1er Trie found in todays email. In 1996, the new 95s were soft, ripe and lovely and the 1989 Haut Lieu 1er Trie was simply fantastic. In 2000, M. Pinguet was in a good mood and we tasted a number of the wines on offer today: 1996 Clos du Bourg 1er Trie - slow to open, perfect balance, fabulous finish; 1992 Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec - 25 grams RS, beautiful palate, very young; 1989 Haut-Lieu 1er Trie - about 95 grams RS, color stains the glass, incredibly complex and long;  1990 Clos du Bourg 1er Trie - brilliant gold color, candied nose, herbal, apricot, flowers, hay, orange, brown spice...; 1959 Haut-Lieu Moelleux - (We'll enjoy this at the dinner) beautifully integrated, honeyed, gorgeous!  These were profound experiences that showed me the greatness of the estate and it's wines - a combination of superb farming and winemaking, with cepage and terroir, that is unique in the world. Today's offer provides a unique opportunity to obtain some of the historic wines of Domaine Huet, including the great 1947, the first vintage of Cuvée Constance (1989), and many examples from the great vintages of 1989, 1990, 1996, 2002 and 2005. The wines are in our warehouse and will be available for in-store pick-up or shipping on Monday, Nov. 20.

On Tuesday, December 5th, our irrepressible friend and great sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier will guide us through a tasting of a selection of the greatest wines from Domaine Huet, accompanied by the superb cuisine of Racines Executive Chef, Frédéric Duca. We will taste: 2002 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec; 2002 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 2005 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 1996 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 1996 Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie; 1995 Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie; All Three Moelleux 1er Trie 1989s; 1959 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 1947 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux and 1989 Cuvée Constance. $350, inclusive of wine, dinner, tax and gratuity.  7pm, Tuesday, Dec. 5th at Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street.

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Dinner - Huet w P. Lepeltier Tuesday, December 5th 7:00pm Racines NY 94 Chambers St

On Tuesday, December 5th, our irrepressible friend and great sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier will guide us through a tasting of a selection of the greatest wines from Domaine Huet, accompanied by the superb cuisine of Racines Executive Chef, Frédéric Duca. We will taste: 2002 Clos du Bourg Demi-Sec; 2002 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 2005 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 1996 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 1996 Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie; 1995 Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie; All Three Moelleux 1er Trie1989s; 1959 Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie; 1947 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux and 1989 Cuvée Constance. $350, inclusive of wine, dinner, tax and gratuity.  7pm, Tuesday, Dec. 5th at Racines NY, 94 Chambers Street.

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Huet 2005 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

85 grams/liter RS, 12.8 % Alc 50% Passerillage, 50% Botrytis. A lovely, balanced Moelleux that will age nicely, peak drinking probably 10 to 30 years away. Yummy now if you can't wait, a great wine.

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Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvée Constance 500ml

Forward and open which is unusual for Constance. Beautifully knit palate and very long with exceptional purity and at least 75 years ahead of it. DL

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Huet 1996 Vouvray Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie

A great vintage for Huet's sweet wines — lacking the high sugars of 1997 but ripe enough and with perfect acidity which will carry them a long way. The Le Mont 1er Trie is just beginning to open up and would be great fun to drink now, but better yet, put it away for another 20 years and find a reason for living! 67 gr/l RS, 5.9 gr/l acid, 12.5 % alc. ("de très longue garde" says the Huet website!)

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Huet 1996 Vouvray Moelleux Le Haut Lieu

Tasted February, 1997: "50 grams per liter residual sugar, 5.65 gr/l acidity. Big creamy, lemon, herbal, honeyed aromas, full on the palate with great acidity and length, perfect balance, will keep" Subsequent years have confirmed the unique character of 1996, a vintage with good ripeness but with very high acidity giving medium-bodied wines with superb elagance and freshness. While drinking beautifully now, this wine will keep for a long, long time...

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Huet 1998 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Sec

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Huet 1997 Vouvray Cuvee Constance

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Huet 1996 Vouvray Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie

A great vintage for Huet's sweet wines, in my opinion, see Le Mont for approximate specs. Balanced and beautiful.

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