Les Hauts de Husseau
Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

Les Hauts de Husseau, 2017


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2017
6x75cl
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£199.22


Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, Les Hauts de Husseau, 2017

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Tasting Notes


Maturity:
Drink

ABV:
12.5 %

Notes

Linear, stony and more slender than the Clos Mosny, the parcels for this cuvee are very old and the highest in the village - they are poorer and more stony than those of Mosny, and as a result this super pure Chenin is most of whisper than a shout, all fine intensity on the finish. Complex citrus and herb notes mingle with crushed salty rocks. Fresh, clean cooking would love this while Clos Mosny could handle a dash or two of cream.

Critics score


Score:
95

100

Source:
Jason Wilson, Vinous

Date:
07/2020

Notes
From 70-year-old vines grown at some of the highest altitude sites in Montlouis. Golden yellow in color. Aromas of beeswax, pear, and quine and flavors of lime, melon, apple, and fennel. Puckery on the midpalate with tart ruby red grapefruit and sea salt notes. Finishes long, dry, and chalky. It’s ready now, but give it a year or two and this will continue its gorgeous development.

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country:
France

region:
Loire

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Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

In 1988, Jacky Blot set up this Domaine attempting to drag the Montlouis appellation out of the shadows of its neighbour, Vouvray. It was an unequivocal success. Jacky sadly passed away in May 2023, leaving the domain in the talented hands of his son Jean-Philippe, who had been hands on in making the wines for over a decade. Jacky was one of the world’s greatest exponents of the Chenin Blanc variety, his 45 hectares of vines are planted with nothing else. The viticultural philosophy of the domaine centres around working closely with nature; fertilisation is now an extinct practice, chemical treatments are practically non-existent and pruning is radically short, keeping yields down to an average 25 hl/ha. At harvest time picking is by hand, successive tris are undertaken and a severe grape selection is carried out. The wines are then vinified in Bordeaux barriques, both new and old (depending on the particular cuvée) in cool rock-hewn cellars. In Taille aux Loups Jacky has created a domaine that clearly demonstrates the potential Chenin has for producing some of the world’s greatest, and longest lived white wines.

The Taille aux Loups philosophy is to eschew malo-lactic fermentation in all the cuvees, giving these wines a wonderfully racy, precise clear cut feel. It equips them well for long ageing in bottle. Fermentation and elevage is carried out in barriques and all the cuvees receive the same oak treatment: 20% new, then equal parts one, two, three and four years old barriques.

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