Famille Hugel - Pinot Gris Grossi Laue 2012
Grossi Laüe signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru.
Terroir: Produced from a selection of the 3 finest plots of the Hugel estate in the chalky Pflostig.
Vinification: The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged extensively in the cellars until released for sale. The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
From The Wine Advocate "Starting with the 2010 vintage, the Grossi Laüe range succeeds the Jubilee line, which was introduced to celebrate the family's 350th anniversary in 1989, with the finest dry Hugel wines made from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir.
Grossi Laüe (Grosse Lage in German) signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru. It is the first time since the Second World War that Hugel uses Alemannic terms like Grossi Laüe or Schoelhammer on the label. Etienne Hugel points out: "After Réserve Exceptionnelle in the 1930s, Réserve Personnelle in the 1960s and the 20 years of Jubilee, Schoelhammer and Grossi Laüe mark a veritable return to the timeless cultural values of our family, deeply anchored in our historic vineyard terroirs. We have finally left the denial of everything what's Alemannic behind us. It's time to speak Alsace dialect now.""
Additional Details editGreat classic Pinot Gris which will gain in complexity for 8 years or more. Its minerality and long complex aftertaste will make it the ideal partner to white meat and dishes with mushrooms.
- Appellation: Alsace
- Winemaker: Marc Hugel
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Lias clay-marl
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- Avg Vine Age: 30 years
- Yield: 40 hl/ha
- Alcohol: 14.8%
- Ttl Acidity: 5.6 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 9 g/l
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- Sizes Available: 750ml
- Pack Size: 12/750ml
- Varietals: 100% Pinot Gris
Recent News edit
JamesSuckling.com Rating: 93
Author: James Suckling
Date: Thursday, September 5, 2019
"Dried strawberries, rose petals, orange zest and fresh lemons. Full-bodied and grainy, this is a reserved and subtle pinot noir that trades in zesty red fruit. Drink now."
Wine Spectator Rating: 90
Author: Alison Napjus
Date: Monday, December 31, 2018
"A round and creamy white, with soft acidity balancing the honeyed flavors of baked melon, ground ginger, candied kumquat and dried apricot. Minerally smoke and spice notes drive the finish. Drink now through 2023. 600 cases made."
JamesSuckling.com Rating: 94
Author: James Suckling
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
"A lot of Alsace pinot gris are powerful because of their high alcohol, but the power of this one is almost totally mineral and it gives the wine great clarity. Just beginning to open up as the nose is still quite shy with raisin-bread and vanilla notes. However, the long dry finish already has a ton of mineral complexity. Drink or hold. Mostly from mature vines in the Pflostig site."