Sunday, August 29, 2010

Domaine Huet: Managing Expectations

Domaine Huet Vouvray Pétillant 2005: Opened directly from the fridge, which was a mistake. The wine shows little when it is very cold. After about 15 minutes, a mild nose of honeysuckle, peach, and apricot, with a hint of mineral character. On the palate, ripe, juicy peach and apricot, big flavors yet elegant, with fruit well-balanced against acidity. I kept waiting for some big mineral character to emerge (this is a feature of many rave reviews), but it didn't really happen for us. This may have had something to do with context: Last night we drank some of that '08 Lucien Crochet Sancerre, which has enough mineral character to open a quarry.

This is  without doubt the best sparkling Vouvray that I've ever tasted, and at under $30 a bottle, it represents pretty good value. Yet I confess to being somewhat underwhelmed by the experience of drinking it, because I'd already read so many rave reviews of Domaine Huet. Somehow I expected The Earth To Move. Unrealistic, of course, but there you go. Those doggone expectations, they get in the way sometimes.

Superior photography of Domaine Huet by Bertrand Celce at Wine Terroirs, from 2004.


David McDuff said...

Try the '02 if you can find it, Dave. (Wine Searcher suggests that it's still hanging around out there somewhere....) Wonderful stuff.

The Wine Mule said...

Thanks, David. I know just the rep to torture for a bottle from that vintage.