Pinot Blanc Cuvée Les Amours 2016

Famille Hugel

According to Georges Hugel, in 1970 a titled English Lady and a wine writer were having lunch at Georges’ parent’s home. The Lady commented to Jean Hugel (Georges’ father, 1898-1980) how much she enjoyed the wine but that it was very difficult to find in England, as production and sales were very small. In addition, at this time, many consumers still mistook most wines in the elongated green bottles to be German and therefore sweet—the English market was not known for their sweet palate in wines!

The Lady (whose name is unfortunately not remembered) remarked many times throughout that fated lunch how lovely the Hugel Pinot Blanc was and a fitting name might be Cuvée Les Amoureux (the lover’s blend). As it was, the Hugel family had already been trying to find a suitable way to distinguish Hugel Pinot Blanc from other Pinots, while making it recognizably French.

Unfortunately (or fortunately!) the name Cuvée Les Amoureux was not suitable because it was too similar to an already existing vineyard in Burgundy. Eventually, the Hugel family decided on “Cuvée Les Amours”—a name automatically associated with the French and love, as the Pinot Blanc is a lovely wine!

Hugel’s Pinot Blanc “Cuvée Les Amours” was registered as a trademark in most countries where Hugel wine is exported. The U.S. trademark was approved in 1972 and since then the wine has been a great success with American consumers.

Additional Information

The most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis.

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, 375ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 50% Auxerroir, 50% Pinot Blanc

Recent Press

  • Score: 90 Points

    Vinous Author: Ian D'Agata
    Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
    "Pale straw-yellow. The Pinot Blanc dominates the nose of white flowers, apple and pear, complicated by a hint of thyme. Then fresh and juicy, offering ripe apple and pear flavors. The medium-long finish is tactile and clean and resonates strongly of Pinot Blanc, more so than of Auxerrois. Hugel owns only one plot of Pinot Blanc, the grapes of which are used to make this wine; but this is still a blend of roughly 50% Pinot Blanc and 50% Auxerrois. US readers take note: this wine is called “Les Amours” (rather than “Classic,” which is the name used in the rest of the world)."
  • Chicago Tribune Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018
    "Bright, fresh tangerine and lemon meringue, pear and nuts commingle in this refreshing wine, which clocks in at 12.5 percent alcohol."
  • Score: 89 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
    "A very crisp and clean pinot blanc with delicate apple and fresh nut character. A medium-bodied wine with a long lemony finish. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020."
  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anne Krebiehl
    Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
    An appealing aroma of ripe pear fills the nose. The palate is similarly abundant in fruit yet ultimately feels clean, dry and slender.

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