"Classic" Pinot Gris is one of the Hugel family secrets first released with the fabulous 2006 vintage.
This new release is from a drastic selection of the best grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract in a dozen of the most favored localities in and around the village of Riquewihr and includes an sizable amount of grapes declassified from some Grand Cru vineyards of the Hugel estate.
The hand picked grapes were taken intact to the presses, filled by gravity, the must decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled vats with natural yeasts. The wine is the purest expression of the grapes, with a very natural and non-intervention vinification.
From The Wine Advocate "New is the Classic (former Hugel) range that represents "the essence of the pure, dry Famille Hugel style" and now includes Muscat and Pinot Gris, along with all the other noble grapes. The grapes of the Classic range are predominantly purchased but obligatory hand-picked from vineyards with clay-limestone soils in Riquewihr and neighbouring villages, and give classic gastronomic wines with a dry expression."
Quite a deep, intense color, with pronounced straw yellow hints, it is nicely bright, with silky tears that run tightly down the side of the glass. The bouquet is soft and supple, intense, characteristically open and expressive, with fully ripe fruit notes, apricot, greengage, liquorice stick, a touch of buttery brioche, sesame seed, pistachio and fresh hazelnut. The wine fills the mouth, it is rich and well constructed, suave, velvety, soft and almost juicy, with a nice long aromatic finish.
Score: 88 PointsVinous Author: Ian D'Agata
Bright straw. Lovely nose of apple, pear and caramel; not unlike a fresh summer-fruit cocktail. Then more austere on the palate, but with fresh, lively apple and pear flavors. Finishes medium-long and clean. Given the difficult year, its not surprising that I found this a little less complex and showy than in past vintages. Made with roughly 90 percent bought grapes.
Score: 92 PointsJamesSuckling.com Author: James Suckling
A steely pinot gris with lots of tangy fruit and spicy, dried-pineapple undertones. Full to medium body, a creamy texture and a fruity finish. Drink now.
Score: 90 PointsWine Enthusiast Author: Anne Krebiehl
The softest notes of ripe pear frame this gentle, fresh but full-fruited wine, with glimpses of yellow grapefruit flesh. The body is expressive and concentrated without being heavy. It holds its fruit with ease and lightness, carried aloft by fresh acidity and framed by glints of marzipan, finishing with precision and dryness.
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