Pinot Noir HUGEL 2018

Made from the famous grape variety of Burgundy, this agreeable red wine presents a distinctive Alsace character. Supple, with intense fruit, it can be drunk with charcuterie, red meat and cheese.

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Quick View
Pinot Noir now represents 8% of the total production of Alsace and with global warming the wines are steadily gaining in density.
The vintage
If the short crop of 2017 caused a lot of frustration, 2018 wiped it out completely with a mythical year. This cult vintage to be took a while to start, though, with a late budding on April 10th. But the warm conditions, continued long after the end of harvest treated the vine to offer us an unprecedentedly early vintage. Blooming completed on June 5th after 10 days! Ultra-fast canopy development had us run behind our vines all season long. Harvest started on September 5th (record early date) with quite a few gems made; the Pinot Noirs and the sweet wines are the true stars of this remarkable vintage. 2018 is a warm year, but without excess. 2018 vintage will be a great one !
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.
Winemaking
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the winery, they are 100% destemmed and macerated for 6 to 7 days. After malo-lactic fermentation, the wine is matured in vats until it is bottled in early summer the following year.
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.
Specifications
Residual Sugar (g/l): <0.2 g/l
Acidity (g/l): 5.07 g/l
pH: 3.79
Age of vines: 23 years old
Yield: 45 hL/ha
Alcohol content: 13.12 ABV

Advice

Tasting notes
Its deep ruby color catches the eye instantly, brilliant, appealing. The nose is classic, subtle and elegant, very Alsace and very Pinot, expressing little red fruits: cherry and redcurrant. The palate is rich, ample, with good texture, the tannins are soft, ripe and delicate, displaying the perfect style for a Hugel Classic Pinot.
Tasted by the family on Dec 4th 2019

Color is bright ruby, the nose is very young, primeur, very fruit forward and very open, but still showing signs of elevage. On the palate, the aromatic frame is there, juicy, easy, fruity, but still juvenile. Still needs to educate.
Tasted by the family on Nov 21st 2018