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Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Cuvée les Amours 2006

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Classic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities around Riquewihr. This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". The Pinot Blanc is an attractive pale yellow colour, complemented by bright young green hints. Already quite open and expressive, the bouquet of ripe fruit - golden delicious apple, mirabelle, molene - is soft and harmonious. The wine has a dry and refreshing character, yet it is also soft, supple and velvety. This is a fine example of Alsace Pinot Blanc, a variety often underestimated, yet which at this level of quality represents extraordinary value for money. Enjoy it at 10°C now or within 2 years, but keep a few bottles for 5 or 6 years and you will be agreeably surprised. Serve with sea or river fish, poached, steamed or smoked, or with asparagus, or with poultry and white meat in light, creamy sauce.

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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

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Classic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities around Riquewihr. This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". The Pinot Blanc is an attractive pale yellow colour, complemented by bright young green hints. Already quite open and expressive, the bouquet of ripe fruit - golden delicious apple, mirabelle, molene - is soft and harmonious. The wine has a dry and refreshing character, yet it is also soft, supple and velvety. This is a fine example of Alsace Pinot Blanc, a variety often underestimated, yet which at this level of quality represents extraordinary value for money. Enjoy it at 10°C now or within 2 years, but keep a few bottles for 5 or 6 years and you will be agreeably surprised. Serve with sea or river fish, poached, steamed or smoked, or with asparagus, or with poultry and white meat in light, creamy sauce.

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