Fine Wine: Domaine Huet Vouvray 1924-2009
We are delighted to host another absolutely stunning tasting showcasing the exquisite wines of Vouvray's most famous estate, Domaine Huet, ranging from the rare pre-WW2 1924 to 2009. The tasting will be led by Jimmy Smith who is an expert and enthusiastic ambassador for the complex wines of Vouvray and especially this domaine claiming that the best wine he has ever tasted was the 1947 Domaine Huet Haut Lieu. Our previous five Huet tastings have been lauded as the greatest tastings ever at the school with one or two people being moved to tears by the emotional story behind the domaine.
The tasting will discover a diverse range from the long-lived Chenin Blanc grape variety including dry, medium-dry and sweet white wines and a sparkling style from vintages spanning back to 1924 (yes you heard it right, 1924!). It is an excellent opportunity to taste an amazing range of wine styles from just one grape variety, Chenin Blanc, and also why this variety is possibly the greatest white grape variety in the world for ageing.
The Rare Wonderful Wines on Tasting (10):
- Vouvray Petillant Brut 2009 (Sparkling Apéritif)
- 1924 Le Haut Lieu Moelleux (Sweet)
- 1948 Le Haut Lieu, Sec (Dry)
- 1953 Le Haut Lieu Sec 1953 (Dry)
- 1953 Le Mont Demi Sec 1953 (Dry)
- 1959 Le Haut Lieu, Demi-Sec (Medium-Dry)
- 1970 Clos du Bourg Demi Sec (Dry)
- 1970 Clos du Bourg Moelleux (Sweet)
- 1989 Clos de Bourg, Moelleux (Sweet)
- 2005 Le Mont Demi-Sec (Medium-Dry)
Domaine Huet: Par Excellence
Domaine Huet now farm a total of 35 hectares of vines split among the three single vineyards; Le Haut Lieu, Le Clos du Bourg and Le Mont. The estate is 100% Chenin Blanc with 50% of the vineyard classed as old-vines. Few would argue that the reputation of Vouvray as an appellation producing great wines lies with the influence of a single individual: the original owner Gaston Huet. Not only was Gaston a legend within the region, but his tireless work sitting on various national committees helped shape the future of French wine culture. His quest for the highest quality Chenin Blanc has been passed on to the Pinguets running the estate on biodynamic principles. Today the estate is owned by Anthony Hwang who also has interests in the regal Tokaj in Hungary. A Sweet Wine fanatic.
Jimmy Smith (Wine School Owner) - "In September 2014 we hosted the last Huet masterclass and it was easily the best tasting I have ever ran. Best for the story behind the estate and in equal liquid measure the wines too - but this time we get to taste the 1924! I love Chenin Blanc from Vouvray in its' myriad of styles - from everything from bone dry to ultra-sweet, still to sparkling and with an excellent ability to mature for decades perhaps centuries. This is contender for King of the Whites"
Places are extremely limited as this is a very rare tasting.
Places remaining: 4
Course Date/Time: Tue 28th Mar 2017 at 7pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Wine Cellars, Fulham