Famille Hugel's Riesling "Estate" is a new selection "parcellaire" of carefully chosen plots of the estate situated in the most prestigious crus of Riquewihr. Most of the plots chosen for this new wine are being converted into Organic viticulture. The unique clay soils of Riquewihr, in and around the Sporen give a characteristic density to wines from this remarkable terroir. A wine of depth and of patience.
Vinification: Grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in the cellars until released for sale. The entire production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
From The Wine Advocate "The Estate range is a new creation for Riesling and Gewurztraminer grown in selected, family-owned plots in Riquewihr's top sites. The Riesling comes from the marl soils of the area around Schoenenbourg, the Gewurztraminer from the clay soils of the Sporen where the family owns eight hectares. Both Riesling and Gewurztraminer represent 40% each of the family's vineyards, which adds up to 30 hectares."
Originally from northern Italy, this is the emblematic grape of our region due to its slow maturation with cool nights giving its full varietal expression. Dry but full and intensely aromatic.
Score: 91 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
Very little lychee, but a lot of smoke and spice on the nose. After it aerated in the glass for 20 minutes, a rosewater note also emerged. Theres a great balance between creaminess and dry freshness in this wine married to some discreet textural qualities that add interest without making it too much to take (as sometimes happens with high-end Alsace Gewurz).
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