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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2006
Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2006
(search item no. 106195)
boutique wine


PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2010 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 88 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The first release of his knock out wine Pinot Gris in the "classic" range from Hugel was 2006. Rich yet bone dry, the wine could easily be confused with an Alsace Grand Cru. This wine is savory and creamy on the palate and yet has generous acidity to balance its fullness. Pinot Gris has been called the most food friendly of all Alsace varietals by some members of the Hugel family.

The color is pale pistachio green with straw yellow hints, young, bright and lively. It has a nice, fresh bouquet, non-aggressive, very floral jasmine, hawthorn, lime blossom and frangipane ? with smoky, woodland hints ? moss, fern, chanterelle and cep mushrooms. On the palate it is dry in character, with just enough acidity, a nice structure and balance, still a little closed on the finish but it will open out and become more expressive in the next 6 to 12 months, although its youthful fragrance is already pleasantly refreshing. Enjoy in 2 to 6 years with sea or river fish, eel, red mullet, crayfish, and white meat like veal and poultry. The vinification is perfect, not easy to achieve in a difficult vintage like 2006.

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About Hugel:

In the cellars, the oldest of which dates back to 1551, can be seen rows of oak wine casks, over one hundred years old, crafted by the forefathers of the present generation of Hugels now running the company. Near them is the oldest cask in the world still in use: the Sainte Caterine, which has a capacity of 8,800 litres. It was built in 1715, the year in which Louis XIV died.

The company has always maintained its family character and is determined to keep it that way. The vineyards are owned and farmed by individual members of the family whereas the company owns the buildings and machinery.