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1997 Hugel et Fils "S" de Hugel

Alsace Riesling Blend, Riesling more

10/5/2014 - SAND Likes this wine: NR

Medium golden colour.
Nose: Opens quite muted, with some notes of mature riesling (petroleum / "firne"), wet, minerally stone and a distant hint of rose petals.
Taste: Rich taste and texture. Dry but slightly oily. Obviously mature but still quite a bit of fruit. Fruit stone and lots of minerals. Structured and well balanced. Long and minerally aftertaste. Mature and drinking wonderfully now but will probably keep even past its 20th birthday.
A great testament to the Hugel family's wine making skills and traditions and to the traditional Alsacian way of blending wines (grapes)!
This wine is the ancestor (or predecessor) of Hugel's basic wine "Gentil". It's a blend of the four noble varieties (Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat) much of it grown in the famous "Sporen" Grand Cru vineyard in Riquewihr, hence the "S". This is the way many Alsace wines traditionally were made, blending several or all of the grape varieties.

  • Comment posted by SAND:

    10/7/2014 2:47:00 PM - Dear Sven,
    Thank you for your correction, based on your first hand insight / experience from Hugel's vineyards!

    My assumption about the "S" being all from Sporen came partly from the following passages, which previously could be found on Hugel's homepage:
    - "This wine's name comes from its old denomination "Sporen", a famous Riquewihr vineyard. It is the ancestor of our today's Gentil, but in this case is a field blend of only the four noble grape varieties, all grown in one of the best vineyard slopes of Alsace"

    And even today, the following passages may be found at their homepage (
    - "Decades ago, some of the finest Alsace wines were called GENTIL ("blend of nobles grapes"). When such a wine was made from grapes grown in just one famous vineyard, the vineyard name was added, as was the case with our SPOREN "HUGEL", now called "S" HUGEL"

    Cross checking different sources gives contradicting (or at least confusing) information about the origins of the grapes for the "S", with some mentioning Sporen as the only source, others Sporen only as the historical source, antecedant or inspiration for the "S".

    But taking your first hand experienced word for it, I have now corrected my tasting notes accordingly :)


1994 Faustino Rioja I Gran Reserva

Tempranillo Blend, Tempranillo more

6/20/2014 - Audun G wrote: 86 points

Quite dark red. Typical developed Faustino, with old wood, good intensity and some volatile acids. Has become softer. High acidity. Will last for many years.

  • Comment posted by SAND:

    6/22/2014 11:38:00 AM - Hei, Audun! Har vi smakt samme vin (se mitt notat av 27.02.2010) eller har denne vinen kommet opp av dumpen / ut av en slags fase de siste årene (ser også at andre nå skriver pent om den)? Mvh. Sigfred

  • Comment posted by SAND:

    6/24/2014 12:12:00 AM - Ja, enig med dine betraktninger om Faustino. Det var vel en god pris, gode anmeldelser i den seriøse vinpressen samt antagelsen om at selv Faustino måtte ha klart å få noe brukbart ut av en slik kjempeårgang som ledet meg til å kjøpe noen flasker ;)

  • Comment posted by SAND:

    6/28/2014 12:25:00 PM - Nei, min befatning med Faustino var vel stort sett begrenset til det som var på markedet på sent 80-tall. Før 1994 var vel forrige innkjøpte Faustino I'er fra 1982-årgangen. Så følger jeg det tidsintervallet burde jeg begynne å se etter 2006...;)


1999 Gemma Barolo Riserva Tabui Marenca

Nebbiolo more

5/15/2010 - Morten_Jorgensen wrote: NR

Drink up if you got it cellared - this is heading downhill!

  • Comment posted by SAND:

    4/27/2013 11:57:00 AM - Yes, so it seemed, at least then. Now it's a different story. For those who managed to keep their cool...

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