Hugel, Classic Pinot Gris, Alsace, France, 2016 through Merchant of Wine.

Hugel, Classic Pinot Gris, Alsace, France, 2016

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Overview of the Wine
In the cellars, the oldest of which dates back to 1551, can be seen rows of oak wine casks, over one hundred years old, crafted by the forefathers of the present generation of Hugels now running the company. Near them is the oldest cask in the world still in use: the Sainte Caterine, which has a capacity of 8,800 litres. It was built in 1715, the year in which Louis XIV died.

The company has always maintained its family character and is determined to keep it that way. The vineyards are owned and farmed by individual members of the family whereas the company owns the buildings and machinery.

Grape / Blend
Pinot Gris/Grigio

Origin
Alsace, France

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
A very fresh yellow, pale green with dominant hints of green with lighter hints of the pale yellow of lime trees in spring, some silver, crystalline highlights, a pleasant energetic sheen, full and lively legs. The aroma is still a bit restrained and serious but with the fresh, clear, precise and well stated fruitiness of lime, fresh kiwi, lemongrass, gooseberry, fresh moss and a lightly mineral flinty nuance. On the palate this is a dry, refreshing and lively wine with a pleasant sense of tension and vivacity which enlivens the palate, it's rounded and full flavour amply quenches the thirst.

Ideal served now as an aperitif for those who appreciate the vivacity and tension of a truly classic Riesling, or served with seafood, fresh shellfish, fish Carpaccio, king prawns, cold cuts or a quiche Lorraine. Smoked fish, eel, bacon, smoked or dried ham.

92 Points - Tasting Panel
This has a lilting 13% ABV and a nectar-like mouthfeel that grows rounder and more powerful. It’s an expressive white with flavors of banana and lemon custard in a body of sesame seeds and honeyed white flowers. 

90 Points - Wine Spectator 
Lithe and juicy, this well-balanced Pinot Gris is backed by sleek acidity that focuses the flavors of melon, pickled ginger, star fruit and mineral. Clean-cut finish. Drink now through 2023.

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
There is a creamy freshness to the pear notes on the nose. The dry palate delivers friendly, earthy pear fruit on a rounded body that has phenolic texture and bright freshness. This wine is rich, dry and perfectly balanced. The dry finish sings with lemon.

Product size: 750ml 

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