HUGEL ET FILS - Classic Gewurztraminer 2007Fine Alsace White Wine
For those who love elegant, pure, well balanced wines, 2007 was a benchmark vintage. Having enjoyed the longest period of maturation for the past 25 years, the grapes were perfectly ripe and healthy. On the Schoenenbourg, Hugel et Fils best Riesling vineyards were harvested at an average ripeness of 13.8% potential, while on the Sporen, Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive easily reached 17.8%. In Alsace, the amount of VT and SGN wines produced provides an excellent indication of the overall quality of any year, and so 2007 has all the makings of a great Alsace vintage.
Vinification: Classic "Hugel" wines are made exclusively from grapes purchased from winegrowers under long-term contract, in a dozen of the most favoured localities in and around Riquewihr. 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. The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
Tasting Notes: Nice young colour, pale green with lemon yellow hints and a lazily unctuous appearance. The bouquet is expressive, aromatic, perfumed and very typically floral : various roses, orange blossom, hawthorn, Williams pear, lychee, with a hint of oriental fragrance. A fine example of a Gewurztraminer. On the palate we find all the charm of this grape variety. While remaining dry, it caresses and flatters with richness of flavour and elegant perfume. Excellent balance. A wine to drink within the year to appreciate its freshness and verve, it can also be kept for 2 to 3 years. Serve at 8C as an aperitif, or at any time of the day for the pleasure it gives. It would go well with all flavourful or exotic cuisines, with oriental spices, with Chinese, Indonesian or Indian dishes, but also with blue cheeses, or cheeses such as munster or maroilles.