Domaine Huet Widely considered to be the greatest Vouvray domaine and one of the foremost white wine producers in the world today, Domaine Huet l’Echansonnet (as they are known in full) should require little introduction. Domaine Huet is run by Noël Pinguet, although the domaine was already famous when he arrived, Pinguet has strived to take the Domaine to even greater heights. Biodynamic techniques, low yields and careful fruit selection add to quality. Pinguet is also an advocate of very precise and gentle pressing for Chenin and only the juice of the first, lightest pressing makes it into his wines. The wines are bottled and labelled according to their three vineyard sites and each vineyard expresses unique characteristics.
This is one of the greatest wines to come out of Vouvray each and every year. 2011 was a stunning year and will reward those who can keep their hands off.
The ‘tuffeau’ chalk covered with clay soils and areas of flint and sand soils of Vouvray are where some of the world’s best Chenin Blanc takes root. The mineral, flinty core gives way to lovely pear, honeysuckle and lime zest notes. The best Vouvray wines are some of the best wines in the world.
Chenin Blanc may not be the most popular or the most famous wine grape, but the good examples are seriously good! Lovely, fleshy/flowery apples and pears, a nice mineral – flinty streak, lemon zest and a touch of dough. I have always described good Chenin as feeling pillowy and I stand by that. Round and fluffy mouth feel but the zesty acid kicks it into shape.