MONUMENTAL Le Mont
2009 Huet Le Mont Moelleux
The Greatest Value from the Vintage's Stellar Cast
"A marvel, with an ethereal quality that is hauntingly beautiful and completely rare in such a full-bodied wine... The wine is deep... pure and very transparent, with brisk acids, great focus and stunning length and grip on the dancing finish."
- John Gilman, View from the Cellar
That's quite a bit of poetry - but in 2009 by nearly every account, Huet deserves the rhetoric and then some. This is one of those vintages, one of those wines, you're going to want in your cellar.
This is a do not miss offer.
This is a do not miss offer.
Huet's Moelleux are without a doubt in the category of the greatest and the most ageworthy sweet wines in the world, yet they come at simply ridiculous values for their quality.
Somewhere between the textured richness of Sauternes and the sleek clarity of higher-Prädikat Riesling (Auslesen, BAs and TBAs), Vouvray Moelleux are rounded, elegant and weighty, yet the greats (like Huet) are sculpted, styled, buoyed by their acidity.
Huet's Le Mont vineyard is the most elegant in the stable; this is a Chenin with the style and delineation of Riesling. Seriously, few wines marry the richness with the finesse in such an integrated, seamless fashion.
These are wines that you can essentially open at any point in their development. Upon release, Huet's Moelleux are all fresh and aglow with succulent bright citrus, the 09 a perfect entwinement of sweet and acidic and juicy, yet perfectly refreshing, and hedged with minerals that keep the whole display intriguing instead of just a big fruit basket. As Gilman points out, "There is a scintillating combination of depth, ripeness and purity in the sweeter 2009 Huet bottlings that is very rare and very, very special."
And with every year of age, each element weaves in and out of one another, so that the tapestry becomes more and more complex, mysterious, evocative. With time (say, 10, 20, 100 years - Gilman's suggested aging window is 2020-2100) the sugar integrates into the wine and they become less sweet, more complex. These wines are all but immortal.
We advise taking a supply of these to enjoy over the next few decades.
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Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits
Gilman: The 2009 Le Mont Moelleux claims to have 12.5 percent alcohol, but it too could be just a touch riper than that. But the wine is a marvel, with an ethereal quality that is hauntingly beautiful and completely rare in such a full-bodied wine. The brilliant nose soars from the glass in a blaze of sweet grapefruit, oranges, bee pollen, spring flowers, pure pineapple and absolutely stunning minerality. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, pure and very transparent, with brisk acids, great focus and stunning length and grip on the dancing finish. There is very, very little signs of botrytis here and I would strongly suspect that this is a wine that has attained this magical style from passerillage, rather than noble rot. If there is any botrytis here, it is a very, very small amount of unbelievably clean botrytis. A great, great wine. 2020-2100.
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