Hugel Classic Pinot Gris 2015
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For over 370 years and with 13-family generations the Hugel family has produced beautiful classic wines of Alsace. Known today for their passion and modern outlook, the dynamic Hugel family, located in the fortified village of Riquewihr, has earned a worldwide reputation for their Alsace wines. This classic Pinot Gris is a new wine from Hugel, first released with the 2006 vintage. Made from a strict selection of the best grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract in a dozen of the most favored localities in and around the village of Riquewihr, this wine also includes a sizable amount of grapes declassified from some Grand Cru vineyards of the Hugel estate. The hand picked grapes are taken intact to the presses, filled by gravity, the must decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled vats with natural yeasts. The wine is the purest expression of the grapes, with a very natural and non-intervention vinification.
Wine EnthusiastThere is a creamy freshness to the pear notes on the nose. The dry palate delivers friendly, earthy pear fruit on a rounded body that has phenolic texture and bright freshness. This wine is rich, dry and perfectly balanced. The dry finish sings with lemon.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Pinot Gris Classic is clear, fresh and aromatic, with white-fruit aromas (red-skinned apples), cumin and crushed stones. Full-bodied, intense and aromatic, this is a well-structured and spicy Pinot with a good freshness, grip and tension. Really ripe and with character.
Wine SpectatorBalanced and creamy, this light-bodied Pinot Gris offers a well-knit mix of apricot, mandarin orange peel, smoke and spice. Fresh finish. Drink now through 2020. 8,000 cases made.