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Hugel et Fils Riesling Alsace Aoc Hugel 2010

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From the Hugel family's stable of wines, their enormously pleasing, steely dry. minerally, with floral notes, Riesling 2010.

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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 Riesling Alsace Aoc Hugel

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065217,192
0.00 5
07/16/2012

Apples and a little minty spice greet the nose along with a slightly spicy vegetal note that recalls fennel. Very smooth in the mouth with good body and dry extract. You can feel this in the mouth though the acidity is well covered, leaving a wine with moderate richness but very little weight. The flavors are lightly orchard fruity with a hint of strawberry and lightly floral notes that yield to sour apple and a little under-ripe pineapple on the finale. I could drink this all day. Not the most complex but lovely freshness and balance. 88pts


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Snooth User: mlandry
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3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 07/31/2011

Three glasses


Snooth User: duncan 906
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2000 03/24/2013

I bought this bottle of wine from a wine merchant in Sussex for £10.Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border.Indeed at some periods of history it was a 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 also the only French AOC where the grape variety has to appear on the label. Hugel et Fils [www.hugel.com ] is one of the major Alsace wine houses operating as both 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. I drank my bottle a couple of days ago with a meal of smoked mackerel and I did enjoy it.It is very dry and crisp and there is a peach like fruit with a hint of an almost citrus tang.However I thought there could have been a little more fruit and it was a bit austere.It was though an excellent accompaniment to my meal


External Reviews for Hugel et Fils Riesling Alsace Aoc Hugel

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Vintage: 2009 02/25/2011

1 x 750ML Bottle


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Vintage: 2009 05/21/2011

Sometimes we think Alsace is the best-kept secret in the wine world. This value bottling is a perfect example. It's a perfectly balanced dry Riesling with ripe peach and apricot aromas.



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From the Hugel family's stable of wines, their enormously pleasing, steely dry. minerally, with floral notes, Riesling 2010.

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