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1996 VOUVRAY, Le Haut Lieu, Sec, Huet. Loire Valley, France.

Bin:  118

Alcohol percentage:  12.5%



Vouvray in the central Loire is most famous for medium and sweet styles. This is an example of how well the dry wines can age

Grape variety:

Chenin Blanc – not my (JH) favourite grape when young, but I have to admit that its high acidity ensures it can mature gently into unique and impressive complexity


Huet is the leading producer in the Appellation, long managed by the revered Noel Pinguet. Le Haut Lieu is one of their three single vineyards

Old Bridge rating:

Note by Richard Kelley MW – the UK’s expert on the Loire (see his eponymous website): ‘Polished. Mid-depth. Yellow-green. Attractive and delicate nose that is smoky and mineral. Soft on entry and builds well on the palate. This is a distinctly richer and riper style with very good texture and balance with an impression of citrus fruits on the mid-palate. Very long and powerful to the finish. A classic style that appears more sec-tendre (9g/l) in character. This is mature but should hold and even develop further. Excellent. 12.5% alcohol.’


£28.45 per bottle in a mixed case of 6 bottles
£26.96 per bottle in a mixed case of 12 bottles

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