Les Hauts de Husseau
Domaine de la Taille aux Loups

Les Hauts de Husseau, 2019


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2019
75cl
DP
£33.20

2019
6x75cl
DP
£199.22


Domaine de la Taille aux Loups, Les Hauts de Husseau, 2019

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Tasting Notes


Maturity:
Drink

ABV:
13 %

Notes

Crystalline green fruits on the nose. Sour apple and tangy limes. There's a veritable sense of vim and vigour to this electrifying cuvee as salty kiwi flavours collide with suggestions of chalk and verbena on the palate. Taut and dart like, but really measured with it too. Great incision, as you'd expect from the highest vines in the estate.

Critics score


Score:
94

100

Source:
Rebecca Gibb, Vinous

Date:
03/2021

Notes
It's not Mont Blanc, but Les Hauts de Husseau is the highest point in the Montlouis appellation (at 90 meters in altitude), and so the local limestone is close to the surface, which is palpable in the chalky texture and fine line of the 2019. It comes from a cold site that's picked around a week and a half later than the domaine's other sites, but boy, is it worth the wait. It’s a little closed compared with its stablemates, but this is an exciting wine with underlying power that goes on and on, offering excellent distance. While there are subtle custard apple and crème caramel characters (likely a result of fermentation in old oak and extended time on fine lees), this is a wine whose most intriguing aspect is its texture and structure. There’s no hurry to drink this one.

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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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