Friday, 5 September 2014
Brilliant! – 2010 Le Mont Sec, Vouvray, Domaine Huet
2010 Le Mont Sec, Vouvray, Domaine Huet
The 2010 vintage in the Loire is looking increasingly good and, unusually, is showing well across the region's wide diversity of styles. There are some lovely reds almost as rich and weighty as 2009 but better balanced. The dry whites are very good: again a lovely balance of fruit and acidity. Then the sweet wines, especially from Anjou, are spectacularly good. Like the 2002 vintage balance is the keyword here.
This 2010 Le Mont Sec is a brilliant example of how good a dry white or really, in this instance, a slightly off-dry white from this vintage can be. The touch of sweetness is wonderfully off-set by a backbone of ripe but austere acidity. I have no doubt that this will last 30 years and more but it is delicious to drink now.
2010 turned out to be Noël Pinguet's penultimate vintage and this is part of a wonderful legacy.
Noël Pinguet and Anthony Hwang during
the 2010 vintage@Domaine Huet