Dry Sparkling. Huet’s vintage Brut is a profound wine that would leave many a more recognisable (big-brand) Champagne in its wake for interest and quality. By this we mean that few of the big-name Champagne houses can produce wines with the kind of sense of place and attention to detail that...
Dry Sparkling. Huet’s vintage Brut is a profound wine that would leave many a more recognisable (big-brand) Champagne in its wake for interest and quality. By this we mean that few of the big-name Champagne houses can produce wines with the kind of sense of place and attention to detail that is articulated by this wine. As such, it’s a wine that deserves a much wider audience! Don’t just take our word for it. Champagneguide.net author, Peter Liem, has this to say: “Huet makes one of my favorite sparklers outside of Champagne—it’s a magical, intensely expressive wine, and ridiculously inexpensive for the quality.”
Bottled at a Pétillant pressure of 2.5 atmospheres, (most Champagnes are between five and six atmospheres), this wine has a lighter fizz than traditional-method sparkling while the fruit is all Estate grown and certified biodynamic. It’s a wine only made in years that are suited to dry wine production and comes from the Estate’s youngest vines. 2010 is very lightly dosed with a blend of demi-sec wines from the 2001 and 2002 vintages.
"The wine has a good colour, with some evident richness, and a full pétillance. The nose is fascinating; it is immediately seductive with its rich, toothsome fruit aromas, but this is a fleeting impression on opening the bottle, and the prevailing style is more restrained than this comment suggests. There are notes of honey-drizzled sponge but these co-exist with vibrant, exuberant citrus fruits, even little hints of mango and peach. Rich and seductive in terms of texture, but with a very straight, lean, steel-tinged fruit character, with a good sense of firmness to the fruit. Sappy, restrained, almost a hint of sourness to it at the edge as well, so in the mouth this is certainly less seductive than the nose suggested, also less rich in comparison to some other recent vintages. A fine style."
17.5/20 Points, Chris Kissack, www.thewinedoctor.com