The first traces of the Hugel family in Alsace can be traced back to the XVth century. Some two centuries later, Hans Ulrich Hugel settled in Riquewihr, which had been devastated by the terrible Thirty Years War. In 1639 he was made a freeman of the city and soon took charge of the very powerful Corporation of Winegrowers. In 1672 his son built a fine house in the Rue des Cordiers, and over the doorway was carved the family crest which was the origin of the company’s logo still used today.
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. Of all the Alsace varieties, Pinot Gris has the greatest ageing potential.
Such a fragrant and delicately aromatic pinot gris. Super-ripe pear character plus a hint of floral honey, this has a lovely creamy texture. Remarkably long, silky finish for an entry-level wine! So delightful already, and it will give so much pleasure during the coming years. Drink or hold. Rating: 92 Points; James Suckling
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