Famille Hugel - Pinot Gris Classic 2018
"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
- Vineyard Acreage: textinput
- 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
JamesSuckling.com Rating: 91
Author: James Suckling
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020
"Lots of sliced-pear, rose-hip and exotic-fruit aromas give this ripe and generous dry pinot gris a lot of appeal. But it’s the striking cleanness and liveliness at the finish for the super ripe vintage that makes it stand out. Drink now."
Wine Enthusiast Rating: 90
Author: Anne Krebiehl
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
"In this wine, notes of ripe yellow pear on the nose promise juiciness and freshness. Delivering on both counts, the palate presents an easy and appetizing core of green and yellow pear. The rounded body preserves freshness that brightens the dry finish."