Hugel & Fils Pinot Blanc Hugel Coffret Cadeau 2005
"Very bright and lively, its youth is obvious from the same pale green shimmer as the vine's young buds and flowers. The bouquet is fresh and attractive, yet vivaciously young, crisp and open, with superbly balanced fruit aromas of green apple, citronella, lemon balm and sweet almond. On the palate the wine is dry, with perfect balance between a remarkably precise acidity that awakens the taste buds with refreshing coolness, and a subtle, delicate softness that only the Pinot Blanc can give." - Winery.
Light gold color to this wine with a nose that is fresh and lively. Muted pears and cream mix with minerals to allow for a unique and pretty nose. In the mouth the wine is fresh with a bright acidity with creamy mouthfeel. Lush nectarine and peach notes with a freshness that is welcome. Nothing amazing but a wine that is perfect for a light meal or just sipping in the summer with a good book in your hands.
As expected, the wine shows a few signs of ageing: It has a beautifully mellow, warm aftertaste, yet all of its ripe freshness and citrus and appely notes are still present. On the palate it has a very pleasant acidity that's just right and beautifully woven into a very pleasant smoothness, which works together very well with its light and a little crisp freshness. The finish reveals said mellow and soft flavour wrapped into a creamy texture, giving this wine a long, very pleasant finish that creates a very nice sensation on the tongue. Perhaps that's where the supposedly white almondy notes are to be found, as the winemaker's notes describe it. Anyway, you really sense that this is a very good wine, and it once again leads me to the conclusion that there is no such thing in wines as cheap & cheerful. Just an example: I recently tasted the quite decent French "Arrogant Frog Ribet White" Sauvignon Blanc for approximately 5€, and despite its grapefruit and lichy-like powerful aromas and freshness (and not being flat, which is already an achievement with Sauvignon Blancs for under 10€), it lacked the refinedness of a good, 15-20€ old-world Sauvignon Blanc. To apply it to this review: Sadly, the inexpensice Alsace Pinot Blanc's just aren't any good. I'd rather spend my money on one bottle of this marvellous 2005 Hugel than on a few bottles of the cheap plonk. If you like fresh pinot noirs with raffinesse, you should really try this wine, especially because the 2005 Vintage is so good.
External Reviews for Hugel & Fils Pinot Blanc Hugel Coffret Cadeau
Young, lighthearted appearance and bright, soft green pastel color. A wine that overflows with flavors of spring flowers and blossom, rich in chlorophyll, moss and water cress; very harmonious, with soft freshness, it is elegant, delicate, tender and light bodied. Drink now or within the next three years with freshwater or saltwater fish, poached, slightly creamed or marinated, and with asparagus and quiches.
Racy and concentrated, this white displays apple and lemon aromas and flavors gliding on a beam of acidity through the finish. Terrific as an aperitif or with seafood. Drink now.
Wine Tasting NotesDelicate, subtle and well built, it makes an excellent apritif because, although nicely rounded, it is also refreshing. The perfect all-purpose dry white wine.