Famille Hugel - Pinot Gris Classic 2016
"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 editRich and full but still dry. The most discreet of all varieties in primary aromas, it enjoys the best aging potential. The bouquet is soft and supple, intense, characteristically open and expressive, with fully ripe fruit notes, apricot, greengage, licorice, a touch of buttery brioche, sesame seed, pistachio and fresh hazelnut. The wine fills the mouth and is well constructed, suave, velvety, soft and almost juicy, with a nice long aromatic finish.
- Appellation: Alsace
- Winemaker: Marc Hugel
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Lias clay-marl
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- Avg Vine Age: 35 years
- Yield: 28 hl/ha
- Alcohol: 13%
- Ttl Acidity: 6.32 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 6.9 g/l
- Avg Production: textinput
- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 12/750ml
- Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris
Recent News edit
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 92
Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Tasting notes not available yet. August 2019 Issue.
Vinous Rating: 93
Author: Ian D'Agata
Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019
"Bright straw-yellow. Very refined yellow apple, mirabelle plum, sweet spices and underbrush. Then flavors similar to the aromas, with a tactile juicy personality and a hint of welcome sweetness that rounds this out nicely. Closes long and spicy. Very dense wine made with grapes picked in Grand Crus and lieux-dits of real note, such as the Pflostig. The wine is aged in about 30% used oak barriques. Another knockout Alsace Pinot Gris from Hugel. It will likely go on sale in about two years’ time. Great wine."
Wine Spectator Rating: 90
Author: Alison Napjus
Date: Monday, December 31, 2018
"Lithe and juicy, this well-balanced Pinot Gris is backed by sleek acidity that focuses the flavors of melon, pickled ginger, star fruit and mineral. Clean-cut finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,500 cases made."