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Famille Hugel - 'Classic' Pinot Gris

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The first traces of the Hugel family in Alsace can be traced back to the XVth century. Some two centuries later, Hans Ulrich Hugel settled in Riquewihr, which had been devastated by the terrible Thirty Years War. In 1639 he was made a freeman of the city and soon took charge of the very powerful Corporation of Winegrowers. In 1672 his son built a fine house in the Rue des Cordiers, and over the doorway was carved the family crest which was the origin of the company’s logo still used today. During the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, the Hugel family gained an enviable reputation for their winegrowing skills and for the meticulous way in which they cultivated their vineyards. In 1902, Frédéric Emile Hugel left the old family property and established himself in premises in the centre of Riquewihr which still form the heart of the family business. Today is is run by Jean-Frederic Hugel, a 31-year old who feels the weight of history on his shoulders.
Producer Famille Hugel
Country France
Region Alsace
Grape Varieties Pinot Gris
ABV 14%
Vintage 2018
Bottle Size 75cl
Notes Vegan

Tasting Notes

There is a certain bright sparkling youth in its pale green colour that brings to mind fir tree leaf buds in springtime. Tight, smooth and sophisticated legs. The nose is agreeably aromatic, harmoniously filled with ripe fruit such as apple, pear, apricot, brioche, vanilla, pistachio charmingly laid over a generous harmony that is not too heavy with a full and delicately perfumed finish.

Vineyard

Harvested exclusively by hand from clay and limestone vineyards in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr with a high percentage of estate grapes.

Winemaking

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 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. The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.

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