Pinot Noir Grossi Laue 2011

Famille Hugel

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 Information

“Harsh winter of 2011 with 26 days below zero. Early budding on April 7, May warm and dry and flowering 15 days ahead of time. Summer cool, damp and gloomy. Return to idyllic weather two weeks before harvest started on September 12, without any precipitation from beginning to end.
Excellent maturity in a fair size crop with soft acidity. Wines already charming, easy to approach and early to drink soon after bottling.” -Etienne Hugel

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Alsace
  • Winemaker: Marc Hugel
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Lias clay-marl
  • Avg Vine Age: 30 years
  • Yield: 40 hl/ha
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 5.6 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 9 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 6/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Pinot Noir

Recent Press

  • Score: 92 Points Author: James Suckling
    Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2018
    "The complex earthy and rooty nose even has a hint of horseradish, which carries through to the medium- to full-bodied and structured palate. The generous dry tannins are now well-integrated, and the fresh acidity lifts the finish very nicely. Drink or hold."
  • Score: 94 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Anne Krebiehl
    Date: Saturday, April 1, 2017
    "A pure startling cherry note rises from the glass. It is flanked by notes of autumn forest, tar and dried orange rind. Evidently, there is some development and evolution here. The palate is alive and fills not only the mouth but all the senses with its alluring aromas, yet it is firmly anchored in earthier tones. The body is svelte and fresh: its fine-boned structure is as much down to fresh acidity as it is to finely flexed tannins. This is profound, lasting and delicious but also deliciously light."
  • Score: 90 Points

    The Wine Advocate Author: David Schildknecht
    Date: Sunday, August 10, 2014
    "Hugel’s 2011 Pinot Noir Jubilee projects already in the nose intimations of marrowy meat stock and truffle as well as of fresh strawberry and cherry, all of which combine on a generously juicy if firm palate for a performance of considerable depth and nuance as well as grip. Nut oils and bittersweet inner-mouth suggestions of floral perfume add to the appeal of a Jubilee Pinot that’s obviously showing much more of what it’s got at this youthful stage than does the ultimately superior but as yet embryonic, piquant and tart-edged 2010. Look to enjoy this through at least 2022 (once it is released, that is; which will probably not be until 2016). "
  • Score: 89 Points

    Vinous Author: Ian D'Agata
    Date: Friday, November 2, 2012
    "(from a yield of about 40 h/l; aged in 25% new barriques): Bright red. Rich red cherry and violet aromas. Sweet and almost creamy in the mouth but bright and nicely delineated, showing a delicate peppery note on the rich, fruity finish. From estate-grown grapes planted in 1966 in a site right next to the Schlossberg in the Rosenbourg area; this is a real step up in fruit concentration and complexity from the entry-level pinot."

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