A kaleidoscope of grapiness, produced exclusively from hand harvested grapes in predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, from a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr. Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavor of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of both Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner.
Terroir: The grapes used to produce Hugels "Classic" wines come exclusively from estate owned vineyards or from growers under long term contract surrounding the village of Riquewihr.
Vinification: Hugel Gentil is a traditional Alsace blend of varying amounts of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled vats followed by natural clarification in neutral vessels over the winter. The wine is lightly fined and gently filtered prior to bottling in the spring.
Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Gentil is bottled exclusively with the DIAM closure to avoid any risk of cork taint.
From The Wine Advocate "You start into the Hugel world with the Gentil Hugel, a dry white assemblage of all noble Alsatian grape varieties except of Pinot Noir. The wine “revives an ancient Alsace tradition whereby a wine assembled from a range of noble grapes was called 'Gentil.'" The Hugels communicate and further: "Perfectly dry, our Gentil brings together the elegance of Riesling, the richness of Pinot Gris, the fruit-driven aromas of Gewurztraminer and Muscat, and the freshness of Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner."
"Gentil has become a joyous, convivial wine whose arrival the Hugel family always awaits with impatience in the spring following each vintage. Gentil shows pure, fresh aromas, very fruit-driven and floral, as well as expressive and flattering. On the palate, this dry wine has a lively, youthful fresh character that is refreshing, with a pleasant, scented finish. Gentil is a perfect wine to sip with friends or to enjoy with simple everyday meals. Gentil is best enjoyed chilled with saltwater and freshwater fish, shellfish, starters and hors d'oeuvres." -Etienne Hugel
This filigreed, aromatic white blend has lots of personality.
"An Edelzwicker, i.e. a blend of different varietals, in this case primarily Gewurztraminer, along with Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner. A rare creature in Alsace.Floral (thanks to the Gewurz) and fruity along with punchy aromatic notes, and a zingy, lemony kicker on the finish. Not a wimpy wine. Needs meat."
Score: 88 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
"Pale straw-green. Pure aromas of stone fruits, menthol and fresh herbs. Lively and juicy in the mouth, with clean, precise flavors of orchard fruits and wet stone. Bright and long on the savory finish. I found this vintage of Gentil (a complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling and Pinot Gris, plus a little Gewrztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Muscat dOttonel and Muscat dAlsace) to be Riesling-dominated, with only a hint of Gewrztraminer."
Score: 90 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
"Always a solid white. Full-bodied, fruity and crisp. Delicious finish. A go-to white from Alsace.A blend of different grape types. Drink now."
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"Light- to medium-bodied and minerally, this well-cut version offers yellow pear, lemon preserves, stone and spun honey notes, with a spiced finish. Drink now through 2018."
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