Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday Night Bubbles

2002 Huet Vouvray Pétillant Brut, $33, Robert Chadderon Selections. It is without hesitation that I can say this is the finest non-Champagne sparkling wine that I've had. And it's better than many a Champagne, if you count Veuve Clicquot and the like. I had the 2000 Huet Brut and I really liked it, but that was years ago. So much sparkling wine since then, hard to know how that wine would rate against this one. But this one against everything else I've had in the past year - not even close, honestly. Well. I do love the Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, but that's a totally different, lighter style of wine. Lyle at Rockss and Fruit and Peter Liem at Besotted Ramblings both loved the 02 Huet wine and wrote quite eloquently about it, if you'd like a second or a third opinion (although in this case, I am the third opinion).

I understand what Lyle meant when he said he'd like to sneak it into a Champagne blind tasting. It has the same depth, the mouth filling and expansive flavors, the same degree of richness and pleasure. It feels like a good Champagne in the mouth, and it finishes with mouth aromas that linger after swallowing. Although the flavor profile is a bit different (this is Chenin, after all), this would be right at home in a lineup of Champagne.

The nose was airy and fresh, and I got grass, flowers, and a bit of green melon fruit. Great purity on the nose. The palate was broad and mouth filling with bubbles that seemed bigger than what I usually find in a Pétillant. Fresh ripe fruit mingled harmoniously with bright acids and underlying minerals. Just excellent wine, the top of its class, and quite food friendly. Paté, roast chicken, poached fish, unsalted almonds...bring it on.

5 comments:

Dr. Vino said...

Indeed, a fine wine. When we visited Huet last summer, we got a few bottles, all of which are now gone with delightful memories. The only bad memory is that it was 10 euros at the property, $33 now in nyc...

Brooklynguy said...

wow - hey Dr Vino, a pleasure seeing you around these parts. I agree with you, when a bottle sold for $19 (as my 2000s did a few years ago) it was a much simpler thing - you grabbed whatever the store had because the wine was that good. Now at $33 you have to really think about whether you want this or a bottle of Champs. This is pretty fantastic though. thanks for your comments.

Sean said...

On the local kick, where'd you find it here in the 'hood, BklnGuy? Even with that painful margin against the dollar, it sounds like a must-try...

Brooklynguy said...

hi sean - i didn't find it in brooklyn. i've seen it at Chambers Street and at Astor in Manhattan, same price at both places. and it is a must-try if you're a fan of the bubbles

Sean said...

Perfect...Thanks, BG.