2007 Riesling Schoelhammer Hugel

2007 Riesling Schoelhammer Hugel

Product: 20071360156
2007 Riesling Schoelhammer Hugel


A new release in 2015, this superb dry Riesling is produced from Schoelhammer, a tiny historic vineyard of the Hugel family, ideally located in the heart of Schoeneberg. A renowned source of fine, ageworthy Rieslings, the 2007 Schoelhammer is no exception, an expression of the marl-rich terroir, complex and suave in style, released after ageing in famille Hugel's cellars. Starting to reveal its personality now, but with great potential for the long term.

A very classical style of Riesling which is coming into its own and I suspect, given time and patience, will give even more. Fresh and lively with clean citrus notes of verbena and gooseberry that bounce around on the palate. Perfectly balanced and leaves the palate feeling refreshed. One of the most amazingly long finishes that just goes on and on. Drink now or leave it for another ten years or so.
Ben Upjohn, Fine Wine Sales Manager

With the customer in mind, Hugel have redesigned their range to reflect the different levels of quality in very simple and International terms.
Hugel first and foremost is an advocate of the dry style of Alsace wine. Hugel wines are tight, structured, mineral and dry – unless they’re sweet.
The “Grossi Laüe" range is made from their top Grand Crus vineyards (Riesling from the Schoenenbourg and Gewurztraminer from the Sporen).

Finally, the crème de la crème “Schoelhammer” which is on par with the great Trimbach Clos St Hune. The tiny production of this single vineyard called “Schoelhammer” is proudly sitting at the top of the their range, made from only 30 rows of vines and with a mere 4,288 bottle production. 
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About this WINE

Hugel et Fils

Hugel et Fils

Maison Hugel was founded in 1639 by H. U. Hugelin, this is one of most famous wine producers in Alsace. The wine estate has around 25 hectares of vineyards, as well as buying grapes from nearly 300 contracted growers. Hugel have obtained official recognition for the concept of late harvest wines - Vendages Tardives and Sélection des Grains Nobles - and consistently make some of the finest examples of these in Alsace.

For Johnny Hugel, quality originates in the vineyard. He says: "100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality".

No fertilisers are used in the vineyards and yields are kept very low

In the winery, both stainless steel and oak foudres are used for maturation, depending on the respective varietal and quality level. These are splendid wines of class and finesse.

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Riesling  AOC Alsace

Riesling AOC Alsace

Riesling is the undisputed king of Alsace grapes, covering 22.5 percent of the vineyard area and producing some of the noblest and most age-worthy wines in the region, including Vendange Tardive, Sélection de Grains Nobles, and Grands Crus.

Dry, refined, and delicately fruity, it has an elegant bouquet of citrus fruit with mineral or floral notes. A typical mature Alsace Riesling is bone dry, with steely acidity and complex mineral and flint aromas. Like its German counterpart, it displays a superb definition of flavours, but with more concentration and alcohol.

It thrives on schist, shale and slate soils that convey oily, petrolly, mineral aromas to the wine.

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Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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With the new 2007 Riesling Schoelhammer, the Riesling Jubilee respectively the Riesling Grosse Lae (the new name of the Jubilee, released with the 2010 vintage), got a new rival not only from the same cellar but the same single vineyard. Both Rieslings are selected in the Grand Cru Schoenenbourg, but the Schoelhammer plot with its averaging 22 year old vines is, the Hugel fils stress unisono, the finest, deepest and best expression of the Schoenenbourg. Marc Hugel says, The Schoelhammer has always been the best Riesling in our blind tastings, so starting with the great 2007 vintage, we decided to give it an own label.
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