The Hugel Gentil revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines produced from a blend of noble varietals were called "Gentil".
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 primarily Gewurztraminer paired with varying amounts of 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.
"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
Blend: Pinot Blanc: 22%, Pinot Gris: 22%, Sylvaner: 22%, Riesling: 20%, Gewurztraminer: 12%, Muscat: 2%
Score: 87 PointsInternational Wine Cellar Author: Ian D'Agata
"Bright, pale straw-green. Lime skin, talcum powder and elderflower on the refined nose. Bright and fresh but slightly hard-edged on the palate, where firm acidity gives the wine a leanish mouthfeel. But the bright finish shows complex white stone fruit and mineral flavors. This will undoubtedly have less early appeal than the 2011 Gentil but is probably the more serious wine. "
"Predominantly Gewurztraminer, plus Muscat, Riesling, Sylvaner and Pinot Gris, this is a reminder of how Alsace once typically blended its bounty. Dry and bright, it brims with fresh orange blossom and pear fruit."
"An ancient style redux; mix of five white grapes; comely scents, juicy flavors, zippy acidity, dry but "gentle."
Score: 87 PointsWine & Spirits Author: Peter Liem
"Floral aromas of lavender and verbena accent this wine's pear and citrus flavors, hinting at a steely minerality underneath."
Score: 87 PointsWine Spectator Author: Alison Napjus
"This light bodied white is clean and minerally, displaying hints of stone, lemon zest and white peach. A racy wine, with a mouthwatering finish. Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Syvlaner."
"Fresh and lengthy on the palate with creaminess and spice."
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