Famille Hugel Muscat Classic

A very dry wine with pronounced grapiness, giving the impression of biting into a fresh Muscat grape, it is perfect as an apéritif and with asparagus.


Quick View
Not a sweet wine as many people expect it to be, but a dry, crisp and grapey Muscat, full of aromas.
The vintage
If proof needs be of climate change, 2022 is once again an earliest vintage in history in Alsace. But one not to rush into starting the picking. Once again winter was mild and budbreak as early as April 5th in Riquewihr, luckily making the episode of frost of April 3rd painless across most of the region. The hot conditions of May and June (26 to 32° all along) made for most of the earliness of the vintage with blooming May 23rd and especially drought conditions across all of France until harvest making for a very healthy crop. Acidity levels are low, and ripeness levels very high. Quality is extra across the board and the wines dense and concentrated. Hugel started picking 8 days after the rest of Alsace on September 12th and rightly did so, and finished in just over 3 weeks, a record speed. 2022 will be a benchmark vintage for Pinot Noirs especially.
In the vineyard
This wine is partly composed of 2 young estate plots, including one on the Schoenenbourg planted with Muscat d'Alsace. Harvested exclusively by hand from the very beginning of harvest to ensure perfectly sound grapes and good natural levels of acidity.
The grapes are destemmed into the presses, and left to macerate until next morning. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just 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 our cellars until released for sale. The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
Muscat Ottonel : 60%
Muscat blanc à petits grains : 40%
Alcohol content : : 12.87° % vol.
Residual Sugar : : < 0.3 g/l
Tartaric acidity : : 5.25 g/l
pH : : 3.26
Age of vines : : 23 years old
Yield : : 65 hL/ha


Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989
A pleasant, youthful, refreshing and dashing aspect. Very clear with a nice crystalline sparkle highlighted with a sprightly and youthful pastel green shimmer.
The aroma is very expressive without excess, elegantly fruity and juvenile.
On the palate this is a nice dry Muscat wine, it is nicely thirst-quenching, full-bodied, fresh, well-stated and flavoursome with the delicate and subtle finish of the crunchy and thirst-quenching Muscat grape.
This is a wine that comes highly recommended for aperitifs, best served at 8°C and combines very well with goat and sheep cheeses, asparagus, marinated herring and mackerel, smoked fish, crustaceans and spicy or strongly flavoured dishes.
Best served immediately or within 3 years.