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Hugel et Fils Pinot Noir Alsace Aoc Jubilee 2003

Member Review by duncan 906:

I bought a bottle of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/51130 and as I was the only bidder I got it for only one pound. Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines [although this one is a red ] in the east of France by the German border. Indeed,at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. AOC rules dictate a tall, thin bottle called a 'flute D'Alsace' This is the only French AOC where the grape type has to appear on the bottle. Hugel et Fils [www.hugel.com] is one of the major Alsace wine houses operating both as a negociant and as a vineyard owner. It is still based in the village of Riquewihr where it was founded in 1639 by Hans Ulrich Hugel, a refugee from the Thirty Years War, whose family still run the business. Hugel has three levels of quality; Classic, Tradition and Jubilee with Jubilee being the highest as it is only made in the better vineyards in the better years. The Jubilee pinot noir is made from the grapes of a Hugel estate on the Pflostig slope where the vines average 35 years in age. The wine is 100% pinot noir and spends 10 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle this evening to accompany my supper of game stew and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of cherry or raspberry like fruit , there is plenty of body and the tannins make it is well structured. It is one of the better pinot noirs I have had and it is no way insipid or bland like some though it lacks the subtlety and delicacy of the better Burgundies. Overall I would say it is of good quality and good value for money

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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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Snooth User: duncan 906
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03/28/2014

I bought a bottle of this wine from the website www.bidforwine.co.uk/auctions/show/51130 and as I was the only bidder I got it for only one pound. Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines [although this one is a red ] in the east of France by the German border. Indeed,at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. AOC rules dictate a tall, thin bottle called a 'flute D'Alsace' This is the only French AOC where the grape type has to appear on the bottle. Hugel et Fils [www.hugel.com] is one of the major Alsace wine houses operating both as a negociant and as a vineyard owner. It is still based in the village of Riquewihr where it was founded in 1639 by Hans Ulrich Hugel, a refugee from the Thirty Years War, whose family still run the business. Hugel has three levels of quality; Classic, Tradition and Jubilee with Jubilee being the highest as it is only made in the better vineyards in the better years. The Jubilee pinot noir is made from the grapes of a Hugel estate on the Pflostig slope where the vines average 35 years in age. The wine is 100% pinot noir and spends 10 months in oak barrels. I started my bottle this evening to accompany my supper of game stew and I did enjoy it. There is plenty of cherry or raspberry like fruit , there is plenty of body and the tannins make it is well structured. It is one of the better pinot noirs I have had and it is no way insipid or bland like some though it lacks the subtlety and delicacy of the better Burgundies. Overall I would say it is of good quality and good value for money




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