Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Fucking cork great Sec

1996 Huët Vouvray Sec Le Mont
Wesley had never tried a Huet Sec and I was hoping to check in on this and see how it was doing. He is a convert for life. This bottle was magnificent. At the first nose, I thought this would be another case of a wine that won’t budge: a force-field of rocks and minerals. However, the palate was more resolved and as it opened up, it started to display, lanolin, honey and all those really cool secondary nuances. As good a white wine as I’ve had yet this year. I think this is in a beautiful place right now. Wait and you run the risk missing it in this flower.

1998 Mugneret Ruchottes-Chambertin
Corked. Tear. The last vintage before the really old section of vines was torn out due to disease.

2002 Clos Rougeard Saumur-Champigny Les Poyeux
A replacement off the list for the corked Mugneret. Decanted, but that still wasn’t enough to get it open enough. Don’t get me wrong, the wine was still very good, especially the texture on the palate and the balance of the wine. It was just that it didn’t want to pop. It would have preferred to be left alone.

5 comments:

Florida Jim said...

I'm surprised that the Rougeard was not to oaky for you. It almost always is for me.
Best, Jim

Matthew said...

Can't believe you didn't bring any Huet to our Vouvray tasting. tsk tsk.

This issue will be rectified at our upcoming Huet tasting.

the vlm said...

Jim-

Well, you know I am more tolerant of oak than you. The Poyeaux saw exclusively, or almost exclusively, one and two year old barrels in 2004, so there isn't that real heavy influence. The wood is also of VERY high quality and the wine has plenty of density to match it. Frankly, I barely noticed it. I'll spring one on you next time I see you.

the vlm said...

Matt-

Didn't have any Huet out there. My cellar is back here...

Now if you ever make it to Cackalak, it's a different story.

Enjoy your impending Huet tasting. Great stuff.

Joe said...

Did you decant the '96?