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Date Printed: 7/9/2014
Hugel Gentil 2005
Hugel Gentil 2005
(search item no. 89571)
The Wine News rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/9/2014: $12.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2011 Wine & Spirits rating: 89 points
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
2010 Wine & Spirits rating: 87 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points
2000 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavor of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner.

The 2005 has a pure, fresh bouquet, particularly fruit-driven and floral, engaging and expressive, flattering and affectionate. On the palate it is dry, with a lively, youthful freshness that makes it agreeably refreshing, and an appealingly scented finish. It stimulates the taste buds and makes the perfect wine to enjoy with friends on every simple, unceremonious occasion.

Drink it chilled with all saltwater and freshwater fish, shellfish, starters and hors d'oeuvres.

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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.