Domaine Huet

Domaine Huet is a wine estate located in Vouvray, France, in the region of the Loire Valley. Founded in 1928 by Victor Huet and his son Gaston Huet,[1] it is known for producing exceptional wines from chenin blanc.

Vouvray AOC moelleux Domaine Huet 1985

ViticultureEdit

Domaine Huet has 35 hectares of biodynamically farmed vineyards in the Vouvray appellation, composed of the following parcels:

  • Le Haut-Lieu, 9 hectares
  • Le Clos du Bourg, 6 hectares (acquired 1953)
  • Le Mont, 9 hectares (acquired 1957)

WinemakingEdit

Domaine Huet produces wines in a range of styles, including pétillant, sec, demi-sec, and moelleux. Domaine Huet is considered the most celebrated wine producer from the Loire Valley,[2] and is the only to have headlined a Christie's auction.[3]

Recent historyEdit

Upon the death of Gaston Huet in 2002, the company was partially sold to cover the French death tax. Anthony Hwang, an American millionaire who also owns Hungary's Domaine Királyudvar, purchased part of the domaine in 2003.[3] Noël Pinguet, son-in-law of Gaston Huet, stayed on as winemaker until February, 2012.[4]

Wine criticismEdit

In 2005 Decanter Magazine created a list of their 100 Greatest Wines ever made. A 1947 S.A. Huet was ranked #6 on this listing—the second-highest ranking for any white wine behind only the 1921 vintage of Chateau d'Yquem.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Domaine Huet Vouvray - Rare Wine Co".
  2. ^ "Huet and Királyudvar - Articles - JancisRobinson.com".
  3. ^ a b "Sale of the century".
  4. ^ "Pinguet leaves Domaine Huet in shock resignation - Decanter". 27 February 2012.
  5. ^ W. Campbell "Hail Vouvray, Aristocrat of the wine world" The Japan Times, September 9, 2005

Coordinates: 47°24′49″N 0°48′30″E / 47.4136°N 0.8084°E / 47.4136; 0.8084