Château du Hureau, 2013 Update

Drawing my series of Saumur updates to a close we have the wines of Philippe Vatan, the man behind Château du Hureau. I first discovered Philippe’s wines quite a few years ago now, and in recent years I have had more opportunities to revisit them and familiarise myself anew with his portfolio. This has partly been through tasting bottles Philippe has sent over to me (often samples drawn from cuve, giving a fascinating insight into the wines as they develop), and partly through meeting up with Philippe in the Loire.

Chateau du Hureau

My most recent notes seem to grind to a halt with 2009, a vintage which was a great success for Château du Hureau, Philippe (pictured above) having turned out a fine range of wines. For this reason it was a pleasure, on meeting up with Philippe again earlier this year, to discover that he was pouring the 2010 and 2011 vintages, bringing my notes much more up to date. I tasted all the reds first (from 2011 and then 2010) before progressing onto the white wines from these two vintages. In this report, however, I will deal with the two vintages separately, starting in each case with the white wines.

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