Sylvaner HUGEL 2022

A dry white wine with firm regional character, fresh and agreeably easy to drink, particularly when young. At its best with all light, uncomplicated meals.


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This varietal is in constant decrease in Alsace, yet it remains plated in the most favoured terroirs with the average age of the vines in constant increase. The Riesling of the poor ?
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
Harvested in the first days of harvest, exclusively by hand, from clay and limestone vineyards in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr. A cool and long growing season give this unique dry wine great finesse and balanced intensity.
The 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 vats (at 18°C 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.
Alcohol content : : 12.39 % vol.
Residual Sugar : : 1.9 g/l
Tartaric acidity : : 6.66 g/l
pH : : 3.1
Age of vines : : 36 years old
Yield : : 65 hL/ha


The robe is pale with bright green highlights. The scent of grape immediately leaps out at you. This is followed by hints of spices, green apple and white blossom. The flavour is deliciously sweet, thirst-quenching and invites you to partake further. The kind of wine that goes down easily.