February 21, 2015
Three years ago, nearly to this day, NoŽl Pinguet announced that he was leaving Domaine Huet, the estate he had made famous.
The wine world was aghast. It was known that he had planned to retire in 2015 at age 70, so why the sudden departure? Rumors began to fly. The French publication La Revue du Vin de France reported that Pinguet had disagreements with the owners of Huet, the Hwang family, about commercial strategy. Specifically, the owners wanted to concentrate on dry wines, rather than the sweet wines that had established Huet's reputation. It was also rumored that smaller accounts had been cancelled and wine redirected to larger buyers.
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