Muscat Classic 2015

Famille Hugel

Terroir: The grapes used to produce Hugels “Classic” wines come exclusively from estate owned vineyards or from growers under long term contract surrounding the village of Riquewihr.

Vinification: Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats followed by natural clarification in nuetral vessels over the winter. The wine is lightly fined and gently filtered prior to bottling in the spring.

From The Wine Advocate “New is the Classic (former Hugel) range that represents “the essence of the pure, dry Famille Hugel style” and now includes Muscat and Pinot Gris, along with all the other noble grapes. The grapes of the Classic range are predominantly purchased but obligatory hand-picked from vineyards with clay-limestone soils in Riquewihr and neighbouring villages, and give classic gastronomic wines with a dry expression.”

Additional Information

This dry Muscat is youthful, fresh and lively. The aromas are expressive and generous, fruity and aromatic, with a subtle yet firm scent of fresh Muscat grapes. It is refreshing, dry and easy to drink, with a perfumed, muscatel-like finish. Serve chilled, to appreciate its fruity character.
The aromas and flavors are very refined, with a very long finish. On the nose, the wine is an explosion, blending multiple floral aromas: rose, acacia, jasmine, ripe and candied fruit, passion fruit, mango, lychee, spices, cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, together with honey, currants, and a hint of over-ripeness. The whole is harmonious, refined and elegant. On the palate, it is velvety, suave, perfectly mellow, soft and silky. The wine can be enjoyed immediately or after 10 years of bottle age. It can be enjoyed with cakes, tarts, apple, pear, apricot, with foie gras, terrine or sautéed, and especially on its own.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Winemaker: Marc Hugel
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Lias clay-marl
  • Avg Vine Age: 35 years
  • Yield: 28 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.95 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: .4 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Muscat

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018
    "A balanced, creamy, light-bodied white, with zesty acidity and a lively mix of tangerine, fresh herb, stone and melon flavors. Drink now through 2020."
  • Score: 89 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
    Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
    "The 2015 Muscat Classic is clear, precise and fresh on the nose, nicely piquant and even stony. The wine has enormous vitality and tension and is pure, but intense and aromatic, finishing with stimulating salinity and grip. This is still young and fresh and should be cellared for another few years to get more out of it as an (excellent) aperitif."
  • Score: 88 Points

    Vinous Author: Ian D'Agata
    Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017
    "Pale straw-green. Pungent aromas of grapefruit, mint and rose. Then bright and lively, offering subdued flavors of grapefruit and candied citrus peel. Very saline and clean on the medium-long finish, which features lingering notes of lime, but a little lean; I would have liked a bit more size and generosity of fruit. At Hugel, they look to make Muscats that are fresh and dainty and that work well as aperitifs or with simple dishes."

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