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We Speak Wine USD 15.99 750ml

Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

A touch of woodsy-ness greets the nose, followed by mineral and white pepper-inflected white pear fruit topped with a gentle floral tone. A bit of a fruit bomb, in a good way. This packs in vibrant acidity and a modest degree of richness while delivering intense flavors of fresh apple and apricot fruit, with soft melon accents. The finish is rather long and adds in great mineral cut and a gently plummy floral nuance in the mouth. This is really quite impressive and delicious. 90 points

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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

Editorial Reviews for Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
4.00 5
Vintage: 2009 03/26/2013

A touch of woodsy-ness greets the nose, followed by mineral and white pepper-inflected white pear fruit topped with a gentle floral tone. A bit of a fruit bomb, in a good way. This packs in vibrant acidity and a modest degree of richness while delivering intense flavors of fresh apple and apricot fruit, with soft melon accents. The finish is rather long and adds in great mineral cut and a gently plummy floral nuance in the mouth. This is really quite impressive and delicious. 90 points


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,750
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 08/05/2014

Slightly earthy and dusty on the nose with attractively nuanced heirloom apple and sweet apple pie aromas. This packs in a lot of power and great intensity on the palate with bright and vivid green apple and spiced fruit flavors that benefit from the slight edge of RS here. All apple skins and faint green herbs akin to spearmint on the backend, this finishes on the short side but cleanly and with a refreshing hint of minerality. 87pts


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Snooth User: Manoavino
456606226
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 02/08/2013

I had really forgotten how much I love Alsatian wine. This one brought back the love. Full of creamy raisin fruit flavors with lime zest solid from nose to swallow, richly dimensional with a crisp structured finish.

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  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    89065238,750
    4.40 5
    Vintage: 2009 08/05/2014

    Four and a half glasses


    Snooth User: BRUNOHOEPERS
    1157885634
    0.00 5
    Vintage: 2009 03/28/2013

    2009 Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace 12% $15 A touch of woodsy-ness greets the nose, followed by mineral and white pepper-inflected white pear fruit topped with a gentle floral tone. A bit of a fruit bomb, in a good way. This packs in vibrant acidity and a modest degree of richness while delivering intense flavors of fresh apple and apricot fruit, with soft melon accents. The finish is rather long and adds in great mineral cut and a gently plummy floral nuance in the mouth. This is really quite impressive and delicious. 90 points


    Snooth User: khun
    597810118
    0.50 5
    Vintage: 2008 09/08/2012

    One half glass


    Snooth User: ryanopaz
    278311,619
    3.50 5
    Vintage: 2005 08/11/2008

    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.


    4.00 5
    Vintage: 2005 03/03/2010

    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.


    Snooth User: katysloan
    13841947
    2.00 5
    Vintage: 2005 02/17/2009

    Two glasses


    External Reviews for Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace

    External Review
    Source: We Speak Wine
    01/19/2018

    Summary: According to Georges Hugel, in 1970 a titled English Lady and a wine writer were having lunch at Georges’ parent’s home. The Lady commented to Jean Hugel (Georges’ father, 1898-1980) how much she enjoyed the wine but that it was very difficult to find in England, as production and sales were very small. In addition, at this time, many consumers still mistook most wines in the elongated green bottles to be German and therefore sweet—the English market was not known for their sweet palate in wines! The Lady (whose name is unfortunately not remembered) remarked many times throughout that fated lunch how lovely the Hugel Pinot Blanc was and a fitting name might be Cuvée Les Amoureux (the lover’s blend). As it was, the Hugel family had already been trying to find a suitable way to distinguish Hugel Pinot Blanc from other Pinots, while making it recognizably French. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) the name Cuvée Les Amoureux was not suitable because it was too similar to an already existing vineyard in Burgundy. Eventually, the Hugel family decided on “Cuvée Les Amours”—a name automatically associated with the French and love, as the Pinot Blanc is a lovely wine! Hugel’s Pinot Blanc “Cuvée Les Amours” was registered as a trademark in most countries where Hugel wine is exported. The U.S. trademark was approved in 1972 and since then the wine has been a great success with American consumers. Additional Information: "It is the most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis." - Etienne Hugel


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 08/19/2014

    This Gentil feels appropriately delicate, lemon-pithy in its fruit character and scented with a floral musk that brings witch hazel to mind. The vintage pulls predominantly from pinot blanc and sylvaner (24 percent of each), with gewurztraminer contributing its mild, savory spice — fennel seed and caraway — and riesling its fine, mineral-tinged line of acidity.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2011 08/19/2014

    Light-bodied and aromatic, with crisp acidity and hints of melon, mandarin orange and orchard blossom. Drink now.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 04/18/2013

    Floral aromas of lavender and verbena accent this wine’s pear and citrus flavors, hinting at a steely minerality underneath.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

    Floral aromas of lavender and verbena accent this wineandrsquo;s pear and citrus flavors, hinting at a steely minerality underneath.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 01/10/2013

    This light-bodied white is clean and minerally, displaying hints of stone, lemon zest and white peach. A racy wine, with a mouthwatering finish. Gewanduuml;rztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Sylvaner. Drink now through 2012.


    External Review
    Vintage: 2010 04/18/2013

    A dry blended wine, with attractive rich white fruits, pears and a citrus streak. The wine has a smooth texture, perfumed by lychee and with bright acidity to finish.


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