Huet 2002 Le Haut-Lieu Demi-Sec Vouvray ($28.99)
Very clear and pale but showing a distinct golden hue, this excellent Loire Chenin Blanc offers luscious aromas of grapefruit, honey and hints of tangerine. It's full-bodied and richly textured, full of juicy, ripe grapefruit flavor, with natural fresh-fruit sweetness well balanced by firm, steely acidity; delicious mixed-citrus flavors linger with a haunting minerality in a very long finish; subtle complexity builds as the wine warms in the glass, but it's never muddy, always clear and vivid, a remarkable wine but so young that it's showing only a distant preview of its future promise. A "biodynamique" organic wine certified by Demeter International. US Importer: Europvin USA, Oakland, Calif. (Oct 28, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: Perfect with a dish crafted to go with its anticipated flavors: Pork chops with caramelized onions, fresh figs and a quick sweet-tart-piquant sauce of apricot jam and lime juice with a dash of Asian Sriracha hot sauce.



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