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Jérémie Huchet & Les Bêtes Curieuses, 2022 Update

Jérémie Huchet & Les Bêtes Curieuses, 2022 Update

Until a few years ago you would never have seen the name Jérémie Huchet on a bottle of Muscadet, Unless, I suppose, you had a tendency to inspect the small print on the back label. A fourth-generation vigneron, Jérémie and his family had long focused on the names of their domaines – Chauvinière, Bretesche, Clos les Montys and La Templerie – rather than promulgating their own. It meant you could pop the cork on a Chauvinière Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie on a Tuesday, and a Clos les Montys Muscadet Sèvre et Maine sur lie ‘Vigne de 1914’ on a Wednesday, and not even realise you were drinking two wines made by the same person. And of course the name Huchet remained unknown.

This changed just a few years ago, when Jérémie added a small range of personal cuvées to his portfolio of wines. Sourced from small parcels of family-owned vines dotted about the Muscadet region, these cuvées parcellaires allowed Jérémie to add an interesting string to his bow, as well as adding his name to the label. They remain a significant part of his portfolio today.

Jérémie Huchet & Jérémie Mourat, Les Bêtes Curieuses

It was noteworthy that on the occasion of this most recent tasting with Jérémie the focus seemed to be on these wines. From the traditional range of cuvées I tasted only the 2020 Domaine de la Chauvinière, and the ‘Vigne de 1914’ cuvée from Clos les Montys, which is undergoing a transition to a cru communal style. In this report I present all these notes, along with the latest releases from Les Bêtes Curieuses, a joint project between Jérémie Huchet and Jérémie Mourat.

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