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Famille Hugel

Gewurztraminer,
 2016

$22.99 $22.19/bottle

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Description

Famille Hugel’s Alsace Gewurztraminer is dry and intensely aromatic through its floral and spicy notes.  Great pairing for spicy Asian cuisine!

Variety: Gewurztraminer
Region: Alsace, France
Winemaker:  Famille Hugel
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 13.0%

Winemaker's Notes

The spice of Alsace and one of Famille Hugel’s signature wines. It is both aromatic and extroverted through its floral and spicy notes. Gewurztraminer is an invitation to accompany a variety of spicy Asian dishes as well as smoked salmon and strong cheeses

John's Notes

The Gewurztraminer Classic 2016 is the 3rd bottle I’ve featured from Famille Hugel – and it’s not by coincidence as Famille Hugel continues to be one of the Alsace legends with over 370 years and 13 family generations of experience producing great wine. Wow

Every now and then, I like to promote a few remaining bottles in the Cellar, so folks can get one last chance at them before they’re gone. Lately, it has been challenging to get more bottles after they’ve sold out as my distributors continue to feel the pinch of replenishing their stocks (particularly imports) during this worldwide crisis.  Grab these before they’re gone!

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Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Famille Hugel

Variety:  100% Gewurztraminer

Region: Riquewihr, Alsace, France

Climate/Vintage:  

  • Alsace is the driest wine region in France. Its micro-climate is caused by the distance which separates it from maritime influences, and by the protection the Vosges Mountains provide from rain-bearing westerly winds. The lack of clouds leads to sunny summers and dry autumns.  This cool to moderate climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity
  • After three years of extremely low yields, we can at last say 2016 has been a generous vintage! Unlike most of France, which has been severely hit by hail and frost, Alsace was probably the luckiest of the major wine regions this year. The vintage can really be divided in two halves as weather, which caused us great concern initially, then took a turn for the better around the end of June
  • Spring did not unfold without incident, with a few frost alerts in April and even in the beginning of May, followed by the wettest month of June (157mm) in decades! Careful monitoring of the vineyards was key with an outbreak of mildew, extremely rare in the region
  • The only window of bright sun during Spring came at the end of June, just in time for a perfect and, for the least, complete blossoming between June 17 and 21
  • Summer came out very dry and hot and harvest saw dry and cool conditions (only three real days of rain in seven weeks) resulting in perfect sanitary status across all grape varieties. Due to the late vintage, harvesting started extremely slowly on September 27, one of the latest and longest campaigns of the recent years

Viticulture:  Made exclusively from hand harvested grapes from predominantly clay and limestone vineyards, in a dozen of the most favored localities in and around Riquewihr

Winemaking:  

  • 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

Alcohol: 13.0%

Pairs With: Spicy Asian cuisine, smoked salmon, strong cheeses

Reviews

Wine Enthusiast (90): A touch of honeysuckle plays on the nose of this wine. The palate adds juicy, ripe peach and streamlined citrus to the harmonious equation. Lively and fruity, the wine has a refreshing, off-dry finish.  Anne Krebiehl MW, 8/1/19

Serge Dubs, World’s Best Sommelier 1989

  • Youthfulness in every sense. This wine has an excellent smart, joyful, sparkling fresh and dynamic clear pastel yellow color with pale pistachio and matcha green tea highlights accompanied with rich and lively legs
  • The nose is both precise and dizzying, with all of the expression of an authentic Gewurztraminer, full of aroma and exuberance and as light-footed and sprightly as a ballerina. It has a refined set of aromas including hawthorn blossom, freesia, lily, tropical fruit, persimmon, mango and spices such as ginger, Szechuan pepper; all of this with a perfectly refined equilibrium
  • On the palate we find a harmony that is in keeping with its full yet light touch and the aftertaste is smooth, aromatic, scented and refreshing inviting you to keep drinking

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