Hugel et Fils

Hugel et Fils

Now run by the 13th generation, Hugel is one of the oldest family estates in Alsace. Hugel enjoys a well-earned reputation for its wines at every level, but particularly for its dry Grand Cru Riesling and the sweet late-harvest and botrytised styles.

About the producer
Hugel was founded in Riquewihr in 1639 by Hans Ulrich Hugel. It has remained in the family ever since. The modern era here began in 1902 when Frédéric Emile Hugel moved the business to premises in the centre of the village. He was a true pioneer of Alsace wines, responsible for obtaining official recognition for the late-harvest Vendange Tardive and botrytised Sélection de Grains Nobles wines. The domaine continues to make some of the finest examples of these styles.

The family makes wine using fruit from its own vineyards and from local growers with whom they have long-term contracts. The range includes wines from all the regional varieties, though as with most top Alsatian producers, it is Hugel’s Rieslings which are most highly prized.

In the vineyard
The Hugel family’s vineyards cover more than 25 hectares, exclusively in Riquewihr, almost half of which are classified as Grand Cru. The vineyards, whose average vine age is at least 30 years, are managed organically. Yields are rigorously controlled by trellising methods, canopy management and thinning of excess bunches. Harvest is done by hand, where careful selection also manages yields.

As well as farming their own estate, the family purchase grapes from growers under long-term contract, farming more than 100 hectares. This enables Hugel to use fruit from a dozen of the best villages in the surrounding areas.

In the winery
Grapes are inspected and sorted on arrival to the winery, and presses are filled by gravity. Both stainless-steel tanks and oak foudres are used for maturation, varying depending on the grape variety and quality level.

Hugel divide their extensive range into four levels: Famille Hugel Classics, made from purchased fruit; Famille Hugel Estate, made exclusively from estate-grown grapes; Hugel Tradition and Famille Hugel Grossi Laüe (formerly Hugel Jubilee), both using a combination of purchased and estate grapes, from the most favoured sites in the portfolio.

The range also includes separate categories for their Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles wines, Gentil (a blend of regional varieties) and a wine from Grand Cru Schoenenbourg called Riesling Schoelhammer, launched in 2007.

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2011 Riesling, Schoelhammer, Famille Hugel, Alsace
White
2011
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2009 Riesling, Schoelhammer, Hugel & Fils, Alsace
White
2009
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2010 Riesling, Schoelhammer, Hugel, Alsace
White
2010
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Full Bodied
Dry
13.5% Alcohol
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2011 Gewürztraminer, Vendange Tardive, Hugel, Alsace
White
2011
Ready, but will keep
Full Bodied
Luscious
13.0% Alcohol
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2014 Gewürztraminer, Grossi Laüe, Famille Hugel, Alsace
White
2014
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Full Bodied
Luscious
14.0% Alcohol
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2014 Riesling, Grossi Laüe, Famille Hugel, Alsace
White
2014
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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2013 Riesling Grossi Laüe, Famille Hugel, Alsace
White
2013
Ready, but will improve
Full Bodied
Dry
12.5% Alcohol
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