Hugel et Fils - Selection De Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer 1998 - Fine Wine 75cl Bottle

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Hugel et Fils - Selection De Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer 1998
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Fourth great vintage in a row, for the first time this century in Alsace ! The weather was uneven all year, but flowering passed without incident, followed by a heatwave from early August until 15th September. The harvest began early, on 24th September, giving very good results for our bought-in grapes. Grapes from our own Estate were picked under ideal conditions, and gave an appreciable quantity of late-picked over-ripe wines. An excellent crop of Gewurztraminer made up for the very small harvest in 1997.

Vinification:
Our Gewurztraminer VENDANGE TARDIVE and SELECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES wines all come from the historic HUGEL family estates in the heart of the Grand Cru Sporen slope. As for the rest of our production, our grapes are harvested exclusively by hand.
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 24C). 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.
Harvest date : 23 & 28. Oct.1998

This wine shows a natural sediment of tartrate crystals

Tasting Notes:
The anticipation is obvious at first sight. The wine swirls softly and languorously around the glass, a picture of refined elegance in satin and silk, with brilliant gold highlights.
The bouquet is unique, a captivatingly perfect, concentrated, deep, harmoniously powerful aroma of oriental spices, orange blossom, marshmallow, honey, currants...
Liqueur-like, luscious, perfectly opulent, rich and ripe, it is elegantly balanced and suave.
An SGN that all fans of late-harvest wines should have in their cellars.
Serve it at 6C, or cellar it for 15 to 20 years just for the pleasure of enjoying an intense emotional experience, with terrine of foie gras, pan-fried foie gras with quince, with fruit tarts, with Roquefort or with Stilton.



Category(s):     White Wine

Producer: Hugel et Fils   -   www.hugel.com/en/t
ABV:   12%
Appellation:   Selection de Grains Nobles
Brand:   Hugel et Fils
Country of Origin:   France
Food Match:   Fruits
Food Match:   Berries
Grape Type:   Gewurztraminer
Region:   Alsace
Vintage:   1998

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Producer Information

From the Middle Ages, Riquewihr was renowned for "the most noble wines of all the country". The Hugel family's vineyard estates cover more than 25 hectares, exclusively in Riquewihr, and almost half of which are in the Grand Cru zone. No use of fertiliser, low yields, vines averaging thirty years of age, thinning out of excess bunches, and picking always by hand, are all factors which contribute to rigorously high levels of quality.
The finest vineyards of the region
In addition to its own estates, the Hugel family purchases grapes and grapes alone, from growers under long-term contract, farming more than 100 hectares. Thanks to the skill of their growers, a dozen of the best villages of Alsace thereby contribute to the quality of "Hugel" wines.
Their grapes are also always picked by hand, and according to a pre-arranged timetable.

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