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Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Hugel Blanc de Blancs 2003

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"Rated: 85 Inviting aromas of soft citrus fruit, butter and spices. Spicy and easygoing, with a touch of sweetness and good lift to the citrus and peach flavors. Part of this wine went through malolactic fermentation. Arrgh, not another tall, skinny-necked bottle,'' my wife cried. Then she sipped this dry, seductive beauty and all was forgiven. Until she stole the last sip. We're working it out. For my taste, Alsace is the place to turn to (followed closely by the Loire Valley and the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area of Germany) for expressive white wines. This one is seriously austere, tinged with soft grapefruit and mineral notes and full of bright acidity. We had it with leftovers -- jerk chicken, cabbage and tomatoes -- and it worked just fine, although seafood would probably be a better bet. "

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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

"Rated: 85 Inviting aromas of soft citrus fruit, butter and spices. Spicy and easygoing, with a touch of sweetness and good lift to the citrus and peach flavors. Part of this wine went through malolactic fermentation. Arrgh, not another tall, skinny-necked bottle,'' my wife cried. Then she sipped this dry, seductive beauty and all was forgiven. Until she stole the last sip. We're working it out. For my taste, Alsace is the place to turn to (followed closely by the Loire Valley and the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer area of Germany) for expressive white wines. This one is seriously austere, tinged with soft grapefruit and mineral notes and full of bright acidity. We had it with leftovers -- jerk chicken, cabbage and tomatoes -- and it worked just fine, although seafood would probably be a better bet. "

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