Famille Hugel - Pinot Noir Grossi Laue 2010
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 edit"The winter of 2010 was particularly harsh, with more than 30 days below zero, and temperatures dropped as far as -17°C. Budburst on 8 April was early, but flowering which began on 10 June took almost 3 weeks to finish due to cool temperatures. July was exceptionally hot and sunny, before cold, damp and rainy weather set in throughout August and into September. Ideal weather conditions returned on 11 September, with not a drop of rain for 6 weeks. Our harvest began on 27 September and ended on 26 October. Maturity reached record levels, the highest for 50 years, with good acidity, similar to 1996. Crop size was 30% below average, and even lower for Gewurztraminer. Superb wines with magnificent balance, purity and fruit. 2010 is a great classic vintage, with good ageing potential." -Etienne Hugel
- Appellation: Alsace
- Winemaker: Marc Hugel
- Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
- Soil: Lias clay-marl
- Vineyard Acreage: textinput
- Avg Vine Age: 30 years
- Yield: 40 hl/ha
- Alcohol: 12.75%
- Ttl Acidity: 5.6 g/l
- Residual Sugar: 9 g/l
- Avg Production: textinput
- Sizes Available: 6/750ml
- Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir
Recent News edit
The Wine Advocate
Author: David Schildknecht
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2015
"From 25 and partly 45 year old vines in the lieu-dit Pflostig (Rosenberg), the 2010 Pinot Noir Grosse Laüe opens with a lovely coolish and fresh nose displaying sour cherries, redcurrant, leafy aromas and roses. Silky, elegant, fresh, pure, straight and firm on the palate, with grip, vitality and good tension, this is a promising, long and mouthwatering, though still very closed Pinot that I would not open before 2018, but still in 2025. “This wine needs 10 or 15 years to show its true character," says Marc Hugel, naming the 1990 from the half bottle which showed "excellent" recently."
Author: Ian D'Agata
Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
"Good full red. Bright red fruits, cinnamon and vanilla on the nose. Enters the mouth bright and juicy, showing spicy red fruit flavors and a smoky richness. Displays a strong saline quality on the moderately long finish but has the fruit to support it. Distinctly less exuberant than the 2011."