Thursday, 23 February 2017
2005 Pétillant Vouvray to celebrate 30 years in Epeigné-les-Bois
2005 Brut Vouvray Pétillant, Domaine Huet
Yesterday we celebrated the 30th anniversary of having first visited our house in Epeigné-les-Bois. Thirty years since one cold Sunday morning (22nd February 1987) with snow on the ground we looked round the house in virtual darkness. The house had been up for sale for some 18 months and the electricity had been turned off. The wooden windows had swelled, so it was impossible to open them and so therefore not possible to open the shutters. Eight of us saw the ground floor of the house with the benefit of just one torch.
The 2005 Vouvray Pétillant was a very appropriate wine for this celebration. Not only is it a very fine example of a Pétillant, a local Touraine speciality but our company is called SCI Les Huîtres Pétillantes – the sparkling oysters.
2005 was two years after the Hwang family bought Domaine Huet following the death of Gaston Huet in 2002 aged 92. In those days Noël Pinguet had a great relationship with Anthony Hwang.
Epeigné-les-Bois: The Mairie and the Salle des Fêtes
Parts of the village – above and below
Noël Pinguet (above) and Anthony Hwang (below) during the 2010 vintage