Classic Pinot Gris 2019, Hugel
The aromas are immediately present: powerful, strong, musky, opening on to yellow fruit and revealing the sense of depth that indicates the maturity of the harvest and its noble origins. There is also a certain patina, hints of noble wood to show that this is a Pinot Gris that has been given the time to achieve its best. The flavour is full-bodied, generous and remarkable for the almost chalky mineral character of the Riquewihr soil which is structured by a delicate acidity that makes this a very refined and noble wine. There are also the subtle notes of ageing that now fit perfectly and complete this wine which still has more to offer.
In 1639 the Hugel family settled in the picturesque little town of Riquewihr in Alsace, where they have remained ever since. Today Famille Hugel retains the character of a true family wine business and is currently managed by the 12th and 13th generations of the family.
Grapes carefully selected from within the Hugel Family estate including a high proportion from the Pflostig, strongly influenced by the chalky soils of Riquewihr. The grapes have been handpicked into small containers such that they arrive intact to the press.
Gravity feed presses, no pumping or other handling. After a few hours of decanting the must is then transferred to vats for fermentation at a carefully controlled temperature (18 to 24°C). Part of the wine (around 30%) was fermented in six to ten wine Burgundy barrels; this gives the wine body without the addition of any oaky character. A single racking before winter allowing the wine to clarify naturally without any artificial cold treatment. The wine is then lightly filtered in spring before bottling. The bottles are then laid down in our cellars before commercialization. The whole of the vintage was corked with DIAM, the cork without cork taint.