Visually attractive intense and generous concentrated colour with a fine sparkle: straw yellow, lemon, lime tree leaf, pale spring green and dense but smooth legs.
The aroma is intense, expressive and offers the spontaneity of its calm magnificence that remains balanced and harmonious just the same with acacia blossom honey, apricot, grapefruit and orange peel, zan, liquorice, fresh almonds, "Reine Claude" plums with a hint of cake and wood smoke.
On the palate it has a soft, full, juicy typically wine-like texture that combine with its fresh and dynamic dryness. The after taste is full-flavoured with a deep and refreshing finish which leaves the mouth clear, crisp and satisfied.
This wine is fine to serve now and can be laid down for up to 10 years. This is a great Pinot Gris which can be enjoyed straight away but will age remarkably well over the next ten years.
Recommends with gastronomic dishes, with sea or fresh water fish with freshwater shrimp or lobster sauce, or served with spiced dishes: lamb curry, red mullet in turmeric, monkfish in saffron. With some ageing it will become an ideal companion for poultry, pheasant or other white meat dishes. Veal chops with wild mushrooms, game-bird terrine.
by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989
Harvested exclusively by hand from clay and limestone vineyards in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr with a high percentage of estate grapes.
The house of Hugel was established in Riquewihr, a town in a continental cultivation area with no climatic influence from the Atlantic Ocean, in the Alsace district in 1639.
The Hugel family has kept up the golden rule that “The quality of the wine depends on the grapes themselves” for more than 12 generations over 360 years and it has made its mark on grape cultivation and winemaking history. Starting with its Generic wine that expresses the characteristics of each grape variety and vintage, Famille Hugel boasts a superior line-up with the Jubilee which is made from only handpicked harvests from the best sections, the Vendange Tardive, made from late harvested grapes and the Selection de Grains Nobles using grapes affected by noble rot.
Having started on the wine lists of the finest restaurants in France, the famous name of Famille Hugel is known all over the world and is currently exported to 120 countries.