#3 in Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of 2011. The walled Le Clos Du Bourg is perhaps the most revered site in Vouvray (along with Clos Baudin). Generally regarded as the greatest of the three Huet vineyards, it makes some of the most powerful, long lived wines in Vouvray. With only a shallow top soil over solid tuf...
#3 in Wine Spectators Top 100 Wines of 2011. The walled Le Clos Du Bourg is perhaps the most revered site in Vouvray (along with Clos Baudin). Generally regarded as the greatest of the three Huet vineyards, it makes some of the most powerful, long lived wines in Vouvray. With only a shallow top soil over solid tuffeau limestone, the vines almost immediately tap into the rich mineral resource underfoot, resulting in powerful, dense, yet very mineral and long-lived Chenin. The walls of the Clos are also said to help facilitate a more humid macro-climate favourable to botrytis. Accordingly, some legendary sweet wines have been produced here. The 2009 can proudly stake its claim as one of the very best and certainly the finest 1er Trie we have shipped. We have already alluded to the special qualities of this vineyard above and given the reviews below, there can be very little to add other than to distill them into one sentence. For fans of this style - a salivating confluence of Chenin's tautness and minerality flawlessly balanced by incredible, perfectly balanced lushness - and for lovers of sweet wines in general, this wine is as close to heaven in a glass as one can get.
"The nearly 15-acre Clos du Bourg vineyard features a mix of clay, silt and pebbles over limestone subsoils, producing this Loire Valley domaine's richest expression of Chenin Blanc. If weather permits, as it did in 2009, beneficial Botrytis cinerea (noble rot) dehydrates the late-ripening grapes, whose fresh acidity counterbalances the resulting sweet wine's concentrated fruit and spice notes. This Première Trie represents Huët winemaker Noël Pinguet's top selection of hand-harvested grapes.This is gorgeous, with notes of ginger, orange, clementine, white peach and green fig all bouncing off one another, but working harmoniously through the richly detailed finish. A lingering green tea note hangs on for added length as this puts on weight with air. Drink now through 2025."
96 Points. Number 3, Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines, 2011.