Gewurztraminer Estate 2014

Famille Hugel

Famille Hugel’s Riesling “Estate” is a new selection “parcellaire” of carefully chosen plots of the estate situated in the most prestigious crus of Riquewihr. Most of the plots chosen for this new wine are being converted into Organic viticulture. The unique clay soils of Riquewihr, in and around the Sporen give a characteristic density to wines from this remarkable terroir. A wine of depth and of patience.

Vinification: Grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in the cellars until released for sale. The entire production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.

From The Wine Advocate “The Estate range is a new creation for Riesling and Gewurztraminer grown in selected, family-owned plots in Riquewihr’s top sites. The Riesling comes from the marl soils of the area around Schoenenbourg, the Gewurztraminer from the clay soils of the Sporen where the family owns eight hectares. Both Riesling and Gewurztraminer represent 40% each of the family’s vineyards, which adds up to 30 hectares.”

Additional Information

Originally from northern Italy, this is the emblematic grape of our region due to its slow maturation with cool nights giving its full varietal expression. Dry but full and intensely aromatic.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Winemaker: Marc Hugel
  • Sustainability: Organic Practices
  • Soil: Clay
  • Avg Vine Age: 35 years
  • Yield: 54 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Ttl Acidity: 3.82 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 13 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Monday, December 31, 2018
    "A bright, tangy, medium-bodied white, offering an expressive range of kumquat, fresh herb, melon rind and smoky mineral flavors. Spiced finish. Drink now through 2021. 1,000 cases made."
  • Score: 93 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anne Krebiehl
    Date: Wednesday, August 1, 2018
    "A dried-orange-peel headiness on the nose reveals some development. This orange-peel notion gains more currency on the concentrated palate where a streak of freshness accommodates the slight lick of residual sweetness with ease and charm. Concentrated, layered and intense, it shows what a little bottle age does to Gewurztraminer. Lovely now, it’s sure to develop further. Drink now–2028."
  • Score: 91 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    "A slew of candied fruits and Turkish delight on the nose, which doesn't leave you in any doubt about the grape variety. Quite a rich wine, but the unusually bright acidity for the variety keeps it dry and lively. Drink now or in 2019."
  • Score: 91 Points

    Vinous Author: Ian D'Agata
    Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    "Dark golden yellow. Spicy rich floral aromas of cardamom and tropical fruit nectar. Complex and varietally accurate flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, clove, cardamom and herbal tea. Finishes long and smooth, even oily, in texture. Lovely sugar-acid balance."
    Grade: 91-93 Points

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