Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles 2005

Famille Hugel

Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN or selection of noble berries) are made much in the same way as Vendanges Tardive but are made with grapes affected by noble rot and must have a higher potential alcohol and sugar level at harvest.

Vendange Tardive or late harvest wines are the sweet jewels of the the Alsace region and in particular, the Hugel family. It was Jean “Johnny” Hugel that first used the term following the 1976 vintage and who personally drafted the guidelines to producing vendange tardive that would become law in 1984. The law is strict and details several variables that must be considered including sugar and alcohol levels, vintage declaration, and vinification techniques.

Terroir: The Hugel Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles is sourced from the family owned parcel of the Grand Cru Sporen vineyard on the slopes just outside of Riquewihr. Soils here are primarily clay and chalk.

Vinification: Prior to harvest the intention of a vendange tardive is declared to the INAO. The grapes are allowed to sit on the vine until maximum sugar and alcohol levels are achieved. They are then hand harvested and brought to the winery for sorting and vinification. There are no pumps used at any point in the vinification process. The must is cold fermented and then transferred to neutral vessels to undergo aging. After clarification the finished wines are bottled and allowed to rest for a long period of time prior to release to the market.

Hugel Sélection de Grains Nobles is an extremely rare wine and is only available in the very best of vintages.

Additional Information

A very deep color, intense, bright, with beautiful green tinges. An exceptionally concentrated and aromatic bouquet, complex and over-ripe. Aromas of honey, quince jelly, with a spicy note. Liqueur-like, with race and distinction, plenty of body yet not heavy. A very long-living wine that will develop almost without limit. An exceptional wine, to sip on its own or with foie gras or desserts that are not too sweet.
An absolute nectar! Great specialty for several generations of the Hugel family, who drafted the law on late harvest. Wine with great power and longevity to taste religiously by itself during a special occasion.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Winemaker: Marc Hugel
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Lias clay-marl
  • Avg Vine Age: 30 years
  • Yield: 45 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 11.25%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.3 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 159 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Gewurztraminer

Recent Press

  • Score: 97 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Robert M. Parker, Jr.
    Date: Friday, August 20, 2010
    In its very early days, Hugel’s 2005 Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles is already truly noble! Orange marmalade, caramelized peach, spiced pear and yellow plum preserves, cinnamon and mint candies, roses, and honey and white raisin fill the nose. Spectacularly luscious and expansive on the palate, honeyed, silken-textured, and loaded with primary, vividly juicy fruit such as one seldom encounters in this grape variety much less at stratospheric ripeness, this fills ones head with sweet perfume and dreams of future vinous glory – if only you can give it at least twenty years. And if one must drink it today, despite considerable sweetness, this amazing Gewurztraminer already displays not just prodigious length and profundity of flavor – saline chalky mineral suggestions and deep smoked meat pungency lending a darker side to its performance – but elegance, poise, refinement, and remarkable lift and refreshment.
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Joe Czerwinski
    Date: Thursday, December 20, 2007
    “Full-bodied, lush and sweet, yet despite the presence of ample botrytis, the wine retains a sense of varietal character in its lychee-scented aromas. Dried apricot and pineapple flavors linger for a long time on the mouthwatering finish. Delicious now, and should age well for at least 10 years. The 2001 and 2002 vintages are also currently available, and not far behind in quality.”
    Grade: 'The Enthusiast 100: Our Editors Select the Top Drink-Now Wines of 2007'

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