Famille Hugel - Riesling Jubilee 2005
Hugel's 'Jubilee' are sourced exclusively from family owned Grand Cru vineyards in the top terroirs in Alsace.
Terroir: Riesling Jubilee is sourced from the family owned vines on the steep slopes of the Schoenenbourg vineyard high above the village of Riquewihr. The vineyard is extremely steeply pitched and has an ideal south/ southeast exposure.
Vinification: The grapes are harvested by hand and brought to the winery in Riquewihr for additional sorting prior to vinification. After a strict sorting the grapes are pressed and fermented at cool temperatures in either stainless steel or large neutral oak casks. The young wines are then fed by gravity to the cellars for aging. Following aging the wines are lightly filtered, bottled and then stored until release to the market.
Additional Details edit"Apricot and red cherry flavors play off the honey and candied lemon notes in this tasty, light-weight white, which has bright acidity. The subtle finish shows a briny tang." 93 points. -Bruce Sanderson, Wine Spectator, Nov. 15, 2007
Recent News edit
Sommelier Journal Rating: 93
Author: Anthony Dias Blue
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
"Golden color; spicy nose; juicy and rich with smooth balanced citrus and melon fruit; elegant and complex, deep and layered; long and luscious."
Wall Street Journal
Author: Will Lyons
Date: Monday, August 20, 2012
"At this time of year, the wines from Alsace in the eastern region of France come into their own as ideal pairings with lighter summer dishes or simply sipping on their own. This example, from one of the most famous and established growers, is well worth splashing out just that little bit more for. Bone-dry on the palate, it has an incredible honeyed character on the nose, married with citrus notes and that distinctive oiliness found in this region."
Snooth Editorials Rating: 92
Author: Gregory Dal Piaz
Date: Monday, July 23, 2012
"This is quite perfumed with an early blast of white pepper on the nose followed by layers of floral, honeyed and exotic fruit notes that show hints of guava and lychee. Exhibiting lovely balance in the mouth, this seems light and bright on entry before the richness of fruit makes itself known on the mid-palate. Lovely depth of flavor with a hint of coconut milk accents the under-ripe apricot fruit of the mid-palate. More spicy flavors return on the moderately long finish. There’s a nice edge of sweetness here though this is quite dry."
The Wine Buzz
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
"Complex, inviting aroma of lemon zest, stone fruit, minerals and petrol; great depth, with lush fruit, mineral backbone and a lingering rich finish."
Wine & Spirits Rating: 92
Author: Peter Liem
Date: Monday, November 21, 2011
"This shows bold flavors of apple, guava and lime, fleshy yet focused by zesty acidity. It turns increasingly stony and waxy as it moves back on the palate, finishing with long, subtle length."
Author: Richard Hemming
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011
"Bottled 2006. Wonderful honey and petrol nose: rounded, refined, complex, mature, marvellous oily character but tremendous elegance. Excellent."
Wine Spectator Rating: 91
Author: Bruce Sanderson
Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2011
"Apricot and red cherry flavors play off the honey and candied lemon notes in this tasty, light-weight white, which has bright acidity. The subtle finish shows a briny tang."
Author: Paul Griecco
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2011
"The Hugel Riesling Jubilee 2005 is round and richly fruited."
Author: Richard Hemming
Date: Tuesday, August 2, 2011
"There were many I could have chosen to feature here, but one stood out as an outstanding wine for its affordability and widespread availability: Hugel, Jubilee Riesling 2005 Alsace."
"It's a dry style yet has a wonderful honeyed character to the palate, which adds richness and weight. There is a mature, decadent, petrol-fuelled nose as well as the lime fruit and floral hints you would expect. There is a measure of refinement and elegance to this wine which encapsulates all that is great about Riesling. I enjoyed tasting it so much because it explains everything about the variety: the esoteric complexity, vanishing-point length and masterful balance which underpin greatness in any wine, plus tremendous value for money. All in one gulp."
The Wine Advocate Rating: 92
Author: David Schildknecht
Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2007
"The 2005 Riesling Jubilee – coming, as usual with this bottling, from the Schoenenbourg – offers sweet scents of honeysuckle, orange blossom, rowan, lemon and tangerine. Luscious honeydew melon fruit enlivened by juicy, invigorating citrus and tinged with lemon zest, ginger, and chalky mineral traces informs a silken-textured palate, leading to a strikingly honeyed and bright, bitterly zesty and overtly stony finish. This is an excellent candidate for at least 9-12 further years of aging. (The 2001 Jubilee, incidentally, is no finer in overall quality, and now overtly fusil, chalky, peachy, and truffle-scented, with an oily-rich palate and full-throttle finish.)"