WineBox 10y - Master class – ‘Alsace: Fruit & Terroir – Side by Side’- Jean-Frederic Hugel

Tasted March 24, 2018 by Lou Lefteroff with 109 views


Older vintages coming from Hugel cellars.

Flight 1 (3 notes)

2010 Hugel Riesling Grossi Laüe France, Alsace
94 points
Produced from the finest plots of the Schoenenbourg grand cru, it comes with open nose of stoney minerality with a support of subtle apple aromas. In the mouth full bodied, a touch oily with cleansing palate and balance of a great class. 13.5 % alc, 6,5 g/l RS, Acidity 7,93 g/l
Stellar wine accessible now but surely a long distance runner.
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2001 Hugel Riesling Jubilee France, Alsace
95 points
Sourced from the famous Schoenenbourg vineyard. Developed nose baked apples and butter. On the palate buttery and smokey and quite vivid yet – finishes long and memorable – 5g rs only.
Clearly noticeable it retains the same character as the Grossi Laue 2010 while aging brings the nobleness it deserves.
White - Off-dry
1976 Hugel Riesling Vendange Tardive France, Alsace
97 points
Again clearly noticeable we see the wine retained the character of the vineyard.
Golden yellow with developed nose of baked apples, on the palate the same baked apples plus that flinty smokey character – absolutely mesmerizing, left speechless the audience

Flight 2 (2 notes)

2011 Hugel Pinot Gris Grossi Laüe France, Alsace
95 points
2/3 of the crop coming from limestone bringing elegance, 1/3 from clay for power
Clean fresh nose on the fruity side. Body – full, intense, oily, powerful but well balanced, finishes very long. Balance is impeccable, the alcohol 15% alc – global warming is felt in Alsace as well.
White - Off-dry
1976 Hugel Tokay Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive France, Alsace
96 points
from 100% clay vineyard, coming with honeyed minerality on the nose. In the mouth – finesse, light botrytis, minerality that underlines the elegance, ridiculously youthful and long.
BTW – Hugel states that of all Alsace whites, Pinot Gris has the greatest aging potential - kind of starting to agree with that statement.

Flight 3 (2 notes)

2011 Hugel Gewurztraminer Grossi Laüe France, Alsace
96 points
From the Sporen vineyard, considered one of the best for GW.
Classic GW nose, expressive and rich while not overbearing - lychee, quince – totally seductive.
The body is just mind blowing – following the nose with that oily, intense, mineral, elegant feeling. 14,8% alc - RS – 20g/l
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White - Off-dry
1983 Hugel Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive France, Alsace
97 points
This has got the character of 2011 GC but is so much better tuned, focused & precised, a little bit of botrytis adds the final touch to this outstanding wine.
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