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Hugel et Fils Riesling Blend Alsace Aoc the Wine Society's Vin d'Alsace 2004

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2004 VINTAGE: The years go by, but each is different from the last. After a 2003 vintage that was one of the earliest ever recorded, but with greatly reduced volumes and low acidity, 2004 was a much more "normal" vintage. The grapes were remarkably healthy to begin with, levels of acidity were excellent, and a comfortable volume was forecast. After a generally damp summer, exceptionally fine weather in September sealed the destiny of this vintage, before conditions deteriorated from mid-October onwards. A vintage without late-harvest VT or SGN wines for us, but with fine, classic wines of great aromatic purity. VINIFICATION: Classic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr. The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale. TASTING NOTES: (by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989) What an attractive colour, very bright, with magnificent pistachio-green reflections. The bouquet quickly awakens and quickens the senses; it is lively with just a touch of that arrogance that is so characteristic of the Riesling variety when it is so full of youthful and carefree confidence. Very fruity and floral, frank and expressive, without too much concentration, it is agreeably elegant on the palate, an ideal example of a pure dry Riesling, clean, focused and true to the fresh and lively temperament of this grape. It finishes dry, fruity, fragrant yet refreshing and easy to enjoy. This is a wine to drink now, to fully appreciate its freshness and youth, a style of wine that one would like to see more often, and the 2004 vintage is the perfect illustration. Enjoy it at 8°C with fish (smoked, poached, meunière or with cream) and to start a meal. It will age well for 3 to 4 years. 16 May 2005

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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

Member Reviews for Hugel et Fils Riesling Blend Alsace Aoc the Wine Society's Vin d'Alsace

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Snooth User: ryanopaz
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4.50 5
08/21/2008

Light gold color with a nose that shows petrol, lemon, faint orange blossom honey and minerals. Wow, seriously don't want to take my nose out of the glass. In the mouth the acidity is lively and really does a good job of balancing the rest of the palate. Flavors run towards honey and lemon, with a rich full texture that shows peaches and more. I would have to say this is a wine I could fall in love with.


Snooth User: Philip James
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2.00 5
06/24/2007

Mineral nose with an acidic attack. Some minerality in the mouth. Tart, short finish.


Snooth User: winescribbler
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3.50 5
09/15/2008

perfectly cooked pork with apples just edged with caramelised crispness was set against the Hugel Jubilee Riesling 2004. A wonderful match, even for someone generally unimpressed with Riesling in general. While the slight edge of kerosene/petrol (a revelation to some at the table) to the aroma divided the table, I thought it a delightful match with the subtle apple flavours of the dish and the wine playing along very nicely. The dish was rich requiring a wine of equal body; the Alsace style of Riesling being fuller than those of neighbouring Germany worked beautifully. http://www.spittoon.biz/alsace_wine_with_food_thoughts.html


Snooth User: bombjaxx
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4.00 5
07/28/2007

Crisp, Fruity riesling really good on a summers day with Seafood!


Snooth User: romat
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2.50 5
12/04/2007

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Hugel et Fils Riesling Blend Alsace Aoc the Wine Society's Vin d'Alsace

External Review
01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewPeach and lemon flavors vie with the tart structure in this lean, sharp white. There's richness, but it's wound tight and needs time to integrate. Be patient, it has potential. Best from 2008 through 2018.


External Review
10/15/2009

A Riesling wine from Alsace in France. 2004 Hugel Riesling 'Hugel' Jubilee 750ml


External Review
Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
03/16/2010

Hugel Riesling Jubilee 2004 and all other wine from Hugel are readily available to ship at discount prices. We carry many premium wine from across the world.


External Review
Source: CoolVines
03/23/2009

The golden rule at Hugel is "The wine is already in the grape". As soon as they arrive at the Hugel premises in the heart of Riquewihr, the grapes are classified according to precise and strict criteria of quality. The presses are filled by gravity, not by pumping. After slow crushing, only the first part of the juice is conserved to merit the famous yellow label. The individuality of each grape variety and of each level of quality is respected. This is a wine to drink now in order to fully appreciate its freshness and youth. It's a style of wine that one would like to see more often, and the 2004 vintage is the perfect illustration. This wine pairs with sushi, salmon, pork, fish, duck, Asian cuisine.



2004 VINTAGE: The years go by, but each is different from the last. After a 2003 vintage that was one of the earliest ever recorded, but with greatly reduced volumes and low acidity, 2004 was a much more "normal" vintage. The grapes were remarkably healthy to begin with, levels of acidity were excellent, and a comfortable volume was forecast. After a generally damp summer, exceptionally fine weather in September sealed the destiny of this vintage, before conditions deteriorated from mid-October onwards. A vintage without late-harvest VT or SGN wines for us, but with fine, classic wines of great aromatic purity. VINIFICATION: Classic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr. The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale. TASTING NOTES: (by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989) What an attractive colour, very bright, with magnificent pistachio-green reflections. The bouquet quickly awakens and quickens the senses; it is lively with just a touch of that arrogance that is so characteristic of the Riesling variety when it is so full of youthful and carefree confidence. Very fruity and floral, frank and expressive, without too much concentration, it is agreeably elegant on the palate, an ideal example of a pure dry Riesling, clean, focused and true to the fresh and lively temperament of this grape. It finishes dry, fruity, fragrant yet refreshing and easy to enjoy. This is a wine to drink now, to fully appreciate its freshness and youth, a style of wine that one would like to see more often, and the 2004 vintage is the perfect illustration. Enjoy it at 8°C with fish (smoked, poached, meunière or with cream) and to start a meal. It will age well for 3 to 4 years. 16 May 2005

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