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Hugel et Fils Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Hugel 2000

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Every wine producer in the world must have dreamed of a having a memorable vintage to bear the magic number 2000. In Alsace we were not disappointed, as 2000 was one of the best vintages of recent years, of normal size and with very good overall ripeness levels for all grape varieties. Light rain in mid-October prevented us from making a truly outstanding vintage, but thanks to reasonable yields and excellent ripeness we have achieved great consistency across the range. In our own estate, the results are above our expectations, with small quantities of SGN wines that will long be remembered. Acidity levels are excellent and should give well balanced wines with good structure. VINIFICATION: Generic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr. 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 in our cellars until released for sale. TASTING NOTES: (by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989) This wine has a young green colour, with some pale straw gold hints. Bright, young and dynamic, with compact "legs", it is one of the all-too-rare classic Gewurztraminers that displays full varietal character without being intrusive or excessive. Aromatic, scented, fruity and uncompromisingly floral, its vivacity endows it with spring-like freshness. Equally frank on the palate, a touch of dryness enhances both flavour and perfume, to ensure the harmonious balance between body, suppleness and softness. This wine can be enjoyed now or over the next 3 years to take advantage of its straightforward and youthful temperament. Serve it at 8°C with fish in strong-flavoured sauces, smoked salmon, spicy Oriental food, country buffets, rustic sausages, terrines and patés. May 17, 2001

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Alsace : a climate blessed by the gods Thanks to its privileged geographical situation, Alsace is the driest wine region in France. Its micro-climate is caused by the distance which separates it from maritime influences, and by the protection of the Vosges mountains. This climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity, giving the wine great finesse of aroma and unequalled intens... Read more
Alsace : a climate blessed by the gods Thanks to its privileged geographical situation, Alsace is the driest wine region in France. Its micro-climate is caused by the distance which separates it from maritime influences, and by the protection of the Vosges mountains. This climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity, giving the wine great finesse of aroma and unequalled intensity. A mosaic of soils Because of its complex geology, Alsace has an infinite multitude of combined soil types. Centuries of experience have taught the winegrowers how best to match each vine variety to each type of soil. Riquewihr : the most noble wines of all the country From the Middle Ages, Riquewihr was renowned for "the most noble wines of all the country". The Hugel family’s vineyard estates cover more than 25 hectares, exclusively in Riquewihr, and almost half of which are in the Grand Cru zone. No use of fertiliser, low yields, vines averaging thirty years of age, thinning out of excess bunches, and picking always by hand, are all factors which contribute to rigorously high levels of quality. The finest vineyards of the region In addition to its own estates, the Hugel family purchases grapes and grapes alone, from growers under long-term contract, farming more than 100 hectares. Thanks to the skill of their growers, a dozen of the best villages of Alsace thereby contribute to the quality of "Hugel" wines. Their grapes are also always picked by hand, and according to a pre-arranged timetable. Read less

External Reviews for Hugel et Fils Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Hugel

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Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
04/16/2009

Eine verführerische, vielschichtige Aromatik entströmt dem Glas: exotische Früchte, duftende Blütenaromen, Honig, Zimt und andere orientalische Gewürze. Das Zusammenspiel von natürlicher Restsüsse und fruchtiger Säure ist von grosser Qualität und Ausgewogenheit. Diese Spätlese weist einen gehaltvollen Körper auf und erscheint gleichzeitig frisch, fruchtig und leicht. Einen solch anhaltenden, komplexen Wein zu keltern, ist eine grosse Kunst, die Marc Hugel meisterlich beherrscht.



Every wine producer in the world must have dreamed of a having a memorable vintage to bear the magic number 2000. In Alsace we were not disappointed, as 2000 was one of the best vintages of recent years, of normal size and with very good overall ripeness levels for all grape varieties. Light rain in mid-October prevented us from making a truly outstanding vintage, but thanks to reasonable yields and excellent ripeness we have achieved great consistency across the range. In our own estate, the results are above our expectations, with small quantities of SGN wines that will long be remembered. Acidity levels are excellent and should give well balanced wines with good structure. VINIFICATION: Generic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr. 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 in our cellars until released for sale. TASTING NOTES: (by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989) This wine has a young green colour, with some pale straw gold hints. Bright, young and dynamic, with compact "legs", it is one of the all-too-rare classic Gewurztraminers that displays full varietal character without being intrusive or excessive. Aromatic, scented, fruity and uncompromisingly floral, its vivacity endows it with spring-like freshness. Equally frank on the palate, a touch of dryness enhances both flavour and perfume, to ensure the harmonious balance between body, suppleness and softness. This wine can be enjoyed now or over the next 3 years to take advantage of its straightforward and youthful temperament. Serve it at 8°C with fish in strong-flavoured sauces, smoked salmon, spicy Oriental food, country buffets, rustic sausages, terrines and patés. May 17, 2001

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