2008 Huet 1er Trie: "Dancing elegance...blazing purity"

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"Dancing elegance...blazing purity,
stunning intensity."

2008 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Premiere Trie
The Collectible and Ageworthy Gems of the Vintage

"...stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presentation... superb, vibrant bouquet roars... nearly endless finish that builds and builds as the wine unfolds in the glass."
- John Gilman, View from the Cellar

Today we offer two of the unquestionable gems of the 2008 Loire vintage, simply glorious Premier Tries from Huets greatest sites: Le Mont and Clos du Bourg.

These are two "must have" bottlings for any serious Loire collector. For everyone else, well, these are simply some of the most magnificent and ageworthy expressions of Chenin Blanc on earth, and today they can be had for a song.

We'll keep it relatively short because given the incredible quality of the wine, the relative rarity and the sharp price - our small cache will run out quickly. We strongly encourage those interested to reply as soon as possible.

The wine geek / wine scholar John Gilman has penned some extraordinary notes for both these wines (reproduced in full below) - both read like dripping love songs to Vouvray. We sympathize: While so many Vouvrays can be clumsy, oafish even, Noel Pinguet of Domain Huet fashions wines of simply dazzling, kaleidoscopic complexity with finesse - with obvious, unapologetic breed.

These two bottlings are the aristocrats of the Loire Valley in 2008 (visit the cellars of the big collectors and you can bet you'll see Huet, tucked alongside the First Growth Bordeaux, the Grand Cru Burgundy) and they rifle through an amazing list of scents and tastes with grace: grapefruit, honeycomb, apples, oranges and orange peel, lanolin, apple blossoms, bee pollen, complex floral notes, soil tones and minerals (lots and lots of minerals).

And that's just when they're young; revisit these wines at 40+ years of age and prepare for a tasting note that weighs down War and Peace.

Today we strongly encourage you to explore both sites, therefore we have specially priced our "2008 Huet Premiere Trie 4-Pack" - it's a perfect study in this domain's excellence. The Le Mont Vineyard is elegance and femininity; Clos du Bourg is power and concentration.

Both wines, with their "Premiere Trie" designation, represent the first-choice, best botrytis-affected grapes, and the superior concentration and richness show themselves off aromatically as well as texturally. While these are wines that have something (gorgeous) to say right now, to really appreciate moelleux Vouvray, we recommend cellaring as long as you possibly can.

Make no mistake, seasoned collectors as well as wine geeks have already made room in their cellars. At this pricing, it's silly not to. Quality here is seriously high, but quantity is correspondingly very low. All orders are subject to confirmation.

To order, reply to this email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director of Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Domaine Huet

Special 4-Pack Price: $199.96 ($49.99/btl)
 2 x 2008 Huet Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie
 2 x 2008 Huet Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie
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2008 Huet Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie: $55.78
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2008 Huet Clos du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie: $55.78
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Huet Le Mont Moelleux 1er Trie
John Gilman, View from the Cellar:
If the Le Haut Lieu Moelleux is defined by its dancing elegance in 2008, the Le Mont Moelleux Premier Trie is defined by its blazing purity, stunning intensity of flavor and laser-like presentation of its underlying terroir. The superb, vibrant bouquet roars from the glass in a blend of oranges, sweet grapefruit, a beautiful base of soil tones, orange peel, a gentle touch of lanolin, very discreet notes of honeycomb and a gently floral topnote. With all of its nascent aromatic complexity, the primary components on the nose here are its citrus fruit and its kaleidoscopic minerality. On the palate the wine shares the same full-bodied elegance as the Le Haut Lieu Moelleux, but with a firmer core, more striking soil inflection, and a nearly endless finish that builds and builds as the wine unfolds in the glass.

Huet Clos Du Bourg Moelleux 1er Trie
John Gilman, View from the Cellar: The Clos du Bourg Premier Trie offers up a magical bouquet of pink grapefruit, honeycomb, apples, utterly refined and complex soil tones, orange peel and a complex floral topnote that recalls both apple blossoms and bee pollen. On the palate the wine is deep, pure, complex and full-bodied, with a beautiful core of fruit, great focus and cut, bright acids and outstanding length and grip on the supremely elegant finish.


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