In 1639 the Hugel family settled in the picturesque little town of Riquewihr in Alsace, where they have remained ever since. Today Famille Hugel retains the character of a true family wine business and is currently managed by the 12th and 13th generations of the family.
Famille Hugel owns an estate of 30 hectares of prime sites around the historic and picturesque town of Riquewihr in the heart of Alsace, where vineyards have been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, bringing wealth and prosperity to the region’s inhabitants. More than half of these vineyards are classified as Grand Cru: the Schoenenbourg, known for its Riesling, and the Sporen for its Gewurztraminer. It also buys grapes from a further 100 hectares farmed by partner growers who have the same clay and limestone dominated terroirs that help to define the unique character and style of Famille Hugel wines. All grapes are, and always have been, picked by hand. The Hugel estates are exclusively planted with the noble Alsace grape varieties and the vines have an average age of 35 years. Famille Hugel production averages 100,000 cases per year, of which around 90% is exported to more than 100 countries worldwide, where the name ‘Alsace’ has become synonymous with Hugel wines.
Hugel's Classic Riesling is 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.
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.
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Hugel, Classic Riesling 2018 - fiche technique
Riesling is the Pinot Noir of white wines! It is Hugel's most demanding variety as it is also the latest ripening. A dashing, youthful pale green robe with dominant hints of green, light green, lime tree foliage, sparkling and crystalline with a nice shimmer and elegant thread-like legs. A deliciously aromatic expression with the nice fruitiness and youthful freshness of cool moss, white peach, lemongrass, lemon-verbena, pistachio. On the palate this is a nice reflection of the Classic Riesling grape variety, dashing and dry without being too hard, thirst-quenching, flavoursome, energetic and well-structured with a strong personality combined with a crystalline and full-flavoured finale and that perfect touch of minerality.