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2005 Do­maine Huet Cu­vee Con­stance

THE 2005 Cu­vee Con­stance ($290, 500ml) was picked berry by berry from all of Do­maine Huet’s vine­yards, the 35ha ul­ti­mately yield­ing 3000 litres. With grapes of nor­mal ma­tu­rity a stan­dard har­vest would be 2.5 tonnes a hectare; Cu­vee Con­stance’s yield was just 125kg a hectare. The flavours are a haunt­ing mix of wild flow­ers, leaves and a nu­ance of per­fumed bath pow­der, a lin­ger­ing essence of grape­fruit flavour mov­ing to an al­most in­de­scrib­able fin­ish, with sweet­ness and elec­tric acid­ity locked in a never-to-be-re­solved In­dian arm wres­tle. You can drink it tonight, in 10 years or in 50 years. It will be­come more com­plex, but who is to say when it will be at its best? Avail­able through im­porters Biben­dum and In­ter­na­tional Fine Wines. Re­tail­ers in­clude the Ul­timo Wine Cen­tre in Syd­ney and Prince Wine Store in Melbourne. James Halliday

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