Gewurztraminer HUGEL 2011

The great speciality of our region. Only in Alsace does the aromatic expressiveness of this variety attain such summits.
Spicy and suave, it can be enjoyed on its own, but makes a marvellous accompaniment to all rich, spicy dishes, smoked fish, Oriental dishes.

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Originally from northern Italy, this is the emblematic grape of our region due to its slow maturation with cool nights giving its full varietal expression. Dry but intensely aromatic.
The vintage
Harsh winter of 2011 with 26 days below zero. Early budding on April 7, May warm and dry and flowering 15 days ahead of time. Summer cool, damp and gloomy. Return to idyllic weather two weeks before harvest started on September 12, without any precipitation from beginning to end.
Excellent maturity in a fair size crop with soft acidity.
Wines already charming, easy to approach and early to drink soon after bottling.
In the vineyard
Made exclusively from hand harvested grapes from predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, in a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr. A cool and long growing season give this unique dry wine great finesse and unequalled intensity.
Winemaking
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 barrels or 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.
The story
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Varietals
Gewürztraminer : 100%
Specifications
Alcohol content: 14.15° ABV

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Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989
Very young, lively colour with pale green, straw yellow hints. Nicely bright and very clear, it trickles unctuously down the glass.

Frank, open bouquet, aromatic and perfumed, very floral and vinous, clean and fresh notes of fruit and spice, rose, mignonette, lily of the valley, mango, lychee, pineapple, passion fruit, cardamom, saffron, hop flower.

Dry on the palate, its freshness harmonises well with its generous structure, nicely aromatic and flavoursome on the finish.

A wine to drink at 1, 2 or 3 years of age, served chilled at 8°C as an aperitif, to spend a pleasant moment.

Or enjoy it with lightly spicy dishes, Chinese, Moroccan, Indonesian, lobster, crayfish tails, with strong cheeses like Munster or Maroilles, also with white meats, veal and pork, and game birds, pheasant, partridge...

4 June 2012

Reviews

Coup de coeur, à acheter les yeux fermé
"Difficile d'être plus benchmark que cet excellent "gewurz" demeurant au sommet de sa catégorie depuis plusieurs millésimes. Aromatique, passablement riche, plein, ample et d'un bon volume de bouche, sans trop, non sans fraîcheur, ce "gewurz" sec poursuit la grande suite de millésimes réussis coup sur coup. Son profil aromatique est à la fois fruité (melon, litchi) et floral (rose blanche), et avec une certaine retenue pour le cépage, qui lui procure une évidente distinction. Assurément un blanc sec vinifié avec brio, comme c'est le cas d'ailleurs de tous les vins signés par la grande famille Hugel. Le vin sur mesure pour cuisiner avec ses aliments complémentaires, qui partage le même profil aromatique –tel que détaillé au chapitre "Gewurztraminer/litchi" du libre Papilles et Molécules- comme le sont, entre autres, l'ananas, la fraise, la cannelle, l'eau de rose, la lavande, la noix de coco, la citronnelle, l'eucalyptus, le romarin et le géranium." [+]  , -
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"Bright straw. Soft citrus scents along with mirabelle and cinnamon honey on the nose. Then compellingly sappy in the mouth, with off-dry flavors of crystallized citrus, ginger and mango. Turns very floral on the high-acid finish. A very stylish gewurz in the typical refined Hugel mode. From 80% purchased grapes. 90" [+]  , -