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Famille Hugel - Gewurztraminer Grossi Laue 2012

Overview

Grossi Laüe signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru.

Terroir: Produced in a selection of the oldest plots of the Hugel estate in the heart of the grand cru Sporen made up of Lias clay-marl, decalcified on the surface, exceptionally rich in phosphoric acid.

Vinification: The 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 just 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 extensively in the cellars until released for sale. The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.

From The Wine Advocate "Starting with the 2010 vintage, the Grossi Laüe range succeeds the Jubilee line, which was introduced to celebrate the family's 350th anniversary in 1989, with the finest dry Hugel wines made from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.

Grossi Laüe (Grosse Lage in German) signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru. It is the first time since the Second World War that Hugel uses Alemannic terms like Grossi Laüe or Schoelhammer on the label. Etienne Hugel points out: "After Réserve Exceptionnelle in the 1930s, Réserve Personnelle in the 1960s and the 20 years of Jubilee, Schoelhammer and Grossi Laüe mark a veritable return to the timeless cultural values of our family, deeply anchored in our historic vineyard terroirs. We have finally left the denial of everything what's Alemannic behind us. It's time to speak Alsace dialect now.""

Additional Details edit

Great classic Gewurztraminer which will gain in complexity and spiciness for 8 years or more. Its suave and long complex aftertaste will make it the ideal partner to strong cheeses and spicy dishes. The spice of Alsace and one of Famille Hugel's signature wines. It is both aromatic and extroverted through its floral and spicy notes. Gewurztraminer is an invitation to accompany a variety of spicy Asian dishes as well as smoked salmon and strong cheeses.

Technical Details
  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Winemaker: Marc Hugel
  • Sustainability: Organic Practices
  • Soil: Lias clay-marl
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  • Avg Vine Age: 30 years
  • Yield: 45 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 14.8%
  • Ttl Acidity: 4.42 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 20 g/l
  • Avg Production: textinput
  • Sizes Available: 750ml, 375ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer

Recent News edit

Wine Spectator Rating: 92

Author: Alison Napjus

Date: Monday, December 31, 2018

"A fresh and elegant white, lithe and medium-bodied, this layers supple acidity with flavors of melon and ruby red grapefruit and aromatic accents of smoke, verbena, saffron and ground ginger that linger on the finish. Drink now through 2027. 1,700 cases made."

Wine Enthusiast Rating: 94

Author: Anne Krebiehl

Date: Saturday, August 11, 2018

"The faintest touch of smoke and the slightest lick of vanilla mingle with strawberry compote on the nose. The palate is a little smoky, too, but reveals crisp, fresh red fruit. At six years of age this wine is now hitting its stride, still with a little crunch of tannins and enviable freshness. It is ripe but elegant. The finish suggests autumnal leaves and real Pinot earthiness."

JamesSuckling.com Rating: 94

Author: James Suckling

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018

"How can a gewurztraminer be this concentrated, have 14% alcohol and still be this subtle? It has all the floral notes to make you think spring 2012 has just arrived. A very long and delicate finish that's got a lot of fascinating spices. Drink or hold."