Famille Hugel - Pinot Gris Classic 2012
"Classic" Pinot Gris is one of the Hugel family secrets first released with the fabulous 2006 vintage.
This new release is from a drastic selection of the best grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract in a dozen of the most favored localities in and around the village of Riquewihr and includes an sizable amount of grapes declassified from some Grand Cru vineyards of the Hugel estate.
The hand picked grapes were taken intact to the presses, filled by gravity, the must decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled vats with natural yeasts. The wine is the purest expression of the grapes, with a very natural and non-intervention vinification.
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 Details editQuite a deep, intense color, with pronounced straw yellow hints, it is nicely bright, with silky tears that run tightly down the side of the glass. The bouquet is soft and supple, intense, characteristically open and expressive, with fully ripe fruit notes, apricot, greengage, liquorice stick, a touch of buttery brioche, sesame seed, pistachio and fresh hazelnut. The wine fills the mouth, it is rich and well constructed, suave, velvety, soft and almost juicy, with a nice long aromatic finish.
Recent News edit
Author: Joe Roberts
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016
"Apricots, nuts, brioche, jam... so, basically, it's the lighter side of the charcuterie plate."
The Wine Advocate Rating: 87
Author: Neal Martin
Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015
"The dry 2012 Pinot Gris Hugel Tradition (or Classic in the US) is clear and fresh on the nose, and shows a good intensity and stunning density on the palate. Drink this full, fresh and firmly structured wine over the next four years. "
Vinous Rating: 88
Author: Ian D'Agata
Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
"Gold-tinged yellow. Very deep, pure aromas of tropical fruits, ripe pear and vanilla custard. Bright and fresh on the palate, offering tactile flavors of orchard fruits and resin. The finish is lively and long, with building sweetness (7g/l residual sugar). The label says 14% alcohol; only 20 years ago this bottling routinely carried just 12%. I tasted the 2012 alongside the 2011 and the 2013 and was shocked by how different all these wines tasted. A very good entry-level Pinot Gris, and the most-improved wine at Hugely over the last decade."
Wine Spectator Rating: 89
Author: Alison Napjus
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
"Light-bodied and bright, with a pleasing mix of ripe pear, lemon zest, apricot and stone. Moderate finish. Drink now through 2017."