2010 Gewurztraminer, Sélection de Grains Nobles, Famille Hugel, Alsace

2010 Gewurztraminer, Sélection de Grains Nobles, Famille Hugel, Alsace

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2010 Gewurztraminer, Sélection de Grains Nobles, Famille Hugel, Alsace

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Intense aromas of tinned lychees leap from the glass, no doubt about which grape variety this is made from. Very sweet on the palate, reminiscent of the syrup those tinned lychees are in, but great acidity there to keep the sweetness in check.

Loads of exotic fruit notes, lychees, manga, papaya and guava are all there, plus some ripe pineapple notes. A very special dessert wine, long and fine. Residual sugar is 139 g/l.

Chris Pollington, Private Account Manager, Fine Wine

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Jancis Robinson MW18/20
Deep gold with lots of botrytis on the nose and wonderful satin texture. Massively sweet but with quite enough acidity. Really fine and beautifully balanced.  Already offering masses of pleasure. Some tartrates and an undertow of savoury nerve to stop it being sickly at all.

Drink 2015 - 2025

Jancis Robinson, jancisrobinson.com (Aug 2016) Read more
Wine Advocate98/100
Celery seed, quince preserves, mint, black tea, caramelized parsnip, and an ethereal overlay of honeyed sheer botrytis secretion characterize Hugel’s 2010 Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles S (whose identifying capital letter is employed on their labels for any S.G.N. in excess of 21% potential alcohol). This represents the second of two lots that the winery for a time considered blending but which proved captivatingly distinctive not to mention, in this instance, supernal. Expansive and satin-textured, this elixir’s relative refinement vis-a-vis the corresponding “R” bottling in no way implies a diminution of acidity, which here too is Riesling-like, leading to an intensely bright finish that locks-in on the salivary glands while deploying a kaleidoscopic interaction of strikingly colorful and vivid flavors. It will leave you amazed, perhaps even dazed, and eager to follow (or to permit some lucky descendant of yours to follow) through mid-century.

Amazingly, Marc Hugel reports that his potential alcohol levels in 2010 were not far off from those registered in 2009. In the acid department, though, their profiles were very different, and the 2010s here ended up universally bright and juicy – even the Gewurztraminer – despite virtually all of the non-V.T. wines (including those Gewurztraminer) having undergone at least partial and in most cases complete malolactic transformation, albeit inoculated with Hugel’s demonstrably successful strain of bacteria that insure malo occurs during the course of alcoholic fermentation. “And don’t imagine,” says Hugel, “that the 2010s were short on malic acid!” The total bottled acidities in Gewurztraminer were in fact, Hugel reports, the highest on record and you may be sure that the record in question goes back a long time and incorporates many lean years in which fruit failed to completely ripen! Yes, we live in record-setting viticultural times ... and fortunately, many of the records set are cause for celebration. Consider as well that Hugel bottled the largest collective volume of S.G.N. in 2010 since dramatically different (searing and dry, until in September rain- and botrytis-capped) 1976! (This was a feature peculiar to Hugel and by no means characteristic of the 2010 vintage in Alsace as a whole.) While too-low acidity was a potential problem in 2011, Hugel manages to have captured a satisfying sense of liveliness and refreshment in most of their offerings. “We picked in 29 days,” notes Marc Hugel, “which is the fastest we have ever harvested.” 2020-2050
David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate (August 2014) Read more
Carefully selected grapes from Hugel's oldest plots in the Schoenenbourg, picked over the course of a month from 27 September, make up this deliciously sweet wine. Yields were down by 30%, leading to an incredibly intense palate of rich orange peel, stone fruit and honey. Still youthful, the wave of fresh acidity and lime zest on the finish perfectly balance the earlier richness and make this one you'll want to lie down for a while if you can resist drinking it now.

Drink 2018 - 2043

James Button, Decanter.com (Nov 2018) Read more

About this WINE

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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Gewurztraminer  AOC Alsace

Gewurztraminer AOC Alsace

Gewurztraminer AOC Alsace wines are highly esteemed for their distinctive characteristics and origin in northeastern France's Alsace region. The name "Gewurztraminer" provides a clue to the grape's aromatic and flavorful profile. "Gewurz" translates to "spiced," indicating the wine's propensity for intense, complex aromas and flavours.

The grape variety Gewurztraminer is believed to have originated in the Tramin region of Italy before finding its way to Alsace. It is renowned for its highly aromatic and expressive qualities. The wines produced from this grape offer a captivating olfactory experience with a wide range of fragrances. The most notable aromas in Gewurztraminer wines from Alsace include floral notes like rose petals, jasmine, and honeysuckle. Fruit aromas are also prominent, with lychee, peach, apricot, and tropical fruits like pineapple and mango often present.

The Alsace wine region, nestled in northeastern France along the border with Germany, provides an ideal terroir for Gewurztraminer cultivation. The area benefits from a cool climate, which allows for producing aromatic white wines. Unlike many other wine regions, Alsace labels its wines by grape variety rather than regional names. This emphasis on grape variety showcases each grape's distinct character and expression, including Gewurztraminer.

The wines are typically rich and full-bodied. They often have slight oiliness on the palate, adding to their unique texture. While Gewurztraminer can have a hint of sweetness, most examples from Alsace are generally dry or off-dry (slightly sweet) in style. Combining the wine's weight, richness, and aromatic intensity creates a unique and memorable experience for the palate.

While Gewurztraminer wines are often consumed in their youth to enjoy fresh aromas, some Alsace producers craft age-worthy examples. With proper cellaring, Gewurztraminer can develop complex secondary aromas and flavours, including nuances of honey, gingerbread, and exotic spices. This ageing potential adds further depth and intrigue to these wines.

One distinct feature of Alsace wines, including Gewurztraminer, is the tall and slender bottle shape known as the "flûte d'Alsace." This unique design originated in the 18th century and continues to be used today to differentiate Alsace wines from other regions.

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Gewürztraminer is a high quality white grape which produces classic varietal wines in the Alsace region of France.

It is the second most widely planted grape in Alsace and the most widely planted in the Haut-Rhin where it is particularly well suited to the clay-rich soils found in the Vosges foothills. It is normally fermented dry and produces golden, medium to full-bodied wine with heady aromas of lychees, rose petals and white peaches.

It attains naturally high sugar levels far in excess of Riesling and this makes it ideal for sweet, late harvest wines. These can be unctuously sweet and luscious and the best can last for decades. Rieffel, Hugel and Zind Humbrecht consistently produce the finest Gewürztraminer wines in Alsace.

It is also planted in Germany (specifically in the Rheinpfalz and Baden regions), Austria, the Alto Adige in Italy and to a lesser extent in Australia, New Zealand and California. Gerwürz means spice in German, although this pink-skinned grape tends to produce exotically perfumed rather than spice laden wines.

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