According to Georges Hugel, in 1970 a titled English Lady and a wine writer were having lunch at Georges’ parent’s home. The Lady commented to Jean Hugel (Georges’ father, 1898-1980) how much she enjoyed the wine but that it was very difficult to find in England, as production and sales were very small. In addition, at this time, many consumers still mistook most wines in the elongated green bottles to be German and therefore sweet—the English market was not known for their sweet palate in wines!
The Lady (whose name is unfortunately not remembered) remarked many times throughout that fated lunch how lovely the Hugel Pinot Blanc was and a fitting name might be Cuvée Les Amoureux (the lover’s blend). As it was, the Hugel family had already been trying to find a suitable way to distinguish Hugel Pinot Blanc from other Pinots, while making it recognizably French.
Unfortunately (or fortunately!) the name Cuvée Les Amoureux was not suitable because it was too similar to an already existing vineyard in Burgundy. Eventually, the Hugel family decided on “Cuvée Les Amours”—a name automatically associated with the French and love, as the Pinot Blanc is a lovely wine!
Hugel’s Pinot Blanc “Cuvée Les Amours” was registered as a trademark in most countries where Hugel wine is exported. The U.S. trademark was approved in 1972 and since then the wine has been a great success with American consumers.
The most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis.
Score: 90 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Pale straw. A mainly Pinot Blanc nose of musk, white flowers, beeswax, pomaceous fruit and herbs (thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage). Showcases lovely juicy cut and fresh bite in the mouth, offering Granny Smith apple and ripe pear flavors. The finish is long, juicy and lively. There is real depth to this wine that speaks of old vines (in fact, they were planted in the 1960s). A blend of roughly 60% Pinot Blanc and 40% Auxerrois; Marc Hugel admits that the latter variety was very important about 40 years ago when grapes had difficulty reaching full ripeness but nowadays, with the advent of climate change, that is clearly not so important. This tastes so fresh it hardly seems like a 2015. Readers should note that this wine is called Les Amours (rather than Classic) in the rest of the world.
Score: 88 PointsThe Wine Advocate Author: Stephan Reinhardt
The 2015 Pinot Blanc Classic is a blend of 50/50 Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois. The wine is clear, ripe and fresh, reveals good grip and elegance on the palate and finishes with good balance and fresh aromatics.
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
This light-bodied white is fresh and balanced, with a subtle mesh of apricot, ground ginger, stone and citrus. Drink now through 2019.
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