Hugel

For over 370 years and with 13-family generations the Hugel family has unrivaled experience and knowledge of Alsace vineyards and winemaking. Without the work of the remarkable Hugel family, located in the picture-postcard fortified village of Riquewihr, the worldwide reputation of Alsace wine would not be the same.

Over half Hugel's 30-hectares are in Grand Cru vineyards Sporen and Schoenenbourg, a special source of pride, planted to Riesling and Gewurztraminer, with small parcels of Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Winemaking is transparent, so that fruit, soil and vintage are clearly conveyed in the glass. Handpicked grapes come to the winery in small tubs, are rigorously sorted then gravity-fed into the presses without pumping. After gentle pressing the must is decanted before a long, slow fermentation in temperature-controlled barrels or vats at 64 to 72°F. The wine is racked once, before slow natural clarification over the winter. "Hugel" wines are the quintessence of Alsace.

The Hugel website offers a wealth of information about Alsace wine, www.hugel.com. Hugel has pioneered much advancement in Alsace, including the early creation and classification of Grand Cru vineyards. Today, Hugel prefers not to use the Grand Cru designation, because the original boundaries and number of these vineyards have been expanded to include less-favored sites. House specialties include late harvest Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles wines, made with selected botrytis-affected grapes. Wines are released only when the family agrees they're ready; the focus is ultimate quality. A first-time taste of these wines is a revelation.

From The Wine Advocate "First of all, the name Hugel & Fils is passé, the new name is Famille Hugel. This underlines the fact that the domaine is family-owned since 1639, respectively 13 generations, and that there are currently three generations representing the Hugel "tribe," as Etienne Hugel calls his family: André Hugel and his sons Jean-Philippe, Etienne and Marc, nephew Jean-Philippe, together with the 13th generation, the cousins Jean-Frédéric, Marc-André and Christian. "We are on the move," says Etienne Hugel, one of the busy bees of the family that produces 100,000 cases per year, of which around 90% is exported to more than 100 countries worldwide.

Indeed the domaine has recently announced the first comprehensive changes since 1921 (when the Maggi-yellow color of the labels was introduced), starting the 1st of September. "Much more than just a change of name, the presentation and structure of our range of wines has been totally renovated," Etienne Hugel reports."

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Hugel 'Cuvee Les Amours' Pinot Blanc 2016
89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89“An appealing aroma of ripe pear fills the nose. The palate is similarly abundant in fruit yet ultimately feels clean, dry and slender.” ~A.K.
Item Number: 31315
Bottle:$12.95
Case: $155.40
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Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2015
89  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 89“The 2015 Gewurztraminer Classic opens clear, fresh and spicy on the nose. The palate is pure and salty, pretty intense and provided with ripe pear aromas. The 2015 is stunningly clear, fresh and finessed for the vintage and finishes with good grip and tension.” S.R.
Item Number: 30959
Bottle:$18.95
Case: $227.40
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Hugel Classic Riesling 2016
91  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 91“A sleek, minerally, light-bodied white, with lemon peel and petrol accents to the well-cut flavors of apricot, acacia blossom, sliced almond and pine forest, followed by a mouthwatering finish. Drink now through 2028. 8,500 cases made.” ~A.N.
Item Number: 30958
Bottle:$16.95
Case: $203.40
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Hugel 'Classic' Pinot Gris 2015
91  James Suckling 
Vinous 91 “Bright straw. Apple, guava and liquid minerals on the nose and palate. Finishes zingy and clean, with persistent pomaceous fruit notes complicated by hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Marc Hugel mentioned that in hot vintages this wine typically develops the spicy notes of bread pudding and
Item Number: 29746
Bottle:$15.95
Case: $191.40
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Hugel Gentil Alsace Blend 2016
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Vinous 90 Fresh aromas of mirabelle, nectarine, tangerine, minty herbs and crushed stone. Quite dry, juicy and elegant, featuring stone fruit and mineral flavors sexed up by a flinty nuance on the end. Still a bit youthfully tight, but this is a marvelous Gentil, the best I remember from Hugel in
Item Number: 27570
Bottle:$11.45
Case: $137.40
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Hugel 'Cuvee Les Amours' Pinot Blanc 2015
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Vinous 90 A mainly Pinot Blanc nose of musk, white flowers, beeswax, pomaceous fruit and herbs (thyme, oregano, marjoram and sage). Showcases lovely juicy cut and fresh bite in the mouth, offering Granny Smith apple and ripe pear flavors. The finish is long, juicy and lively. There is real depth to

Hugel Gewurztraminer Classic 2014
93  James Suckling 
James Suckling 93 "Excellent dried-citrus, spice and dried-mango character. Full, powerful, focused and pinpointed. Drink now." ~J.S.  "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

Hugel 'Classic' Pinot Gris 2014
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92  James Suckling 
James Suckling 92 "A steely pinot gris with lots of tangy fruit and spicy, dried-pineapple undertones. Full to medium body, a creamy texture and a fruity finish. Drink now." ~J.S.  Wine Enthusiast 90 " The softest notes of ripe pear frame this gentle, fresh but full-fruited wine, with glimpses

Hugel Gentil Alsace Blend 2015
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89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 "A light touch is conveyed by aromas of honeysuckle, while the off-dry palate is balanced by fresh, citric verve. This wine has a dancing, easygoing nature marked by freshness and lightness in equal measure. Asian food flavors suggest themselves for this super-balanced, playful

Hugel Classic Riesling 2014
90  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 90"Nectarine, green apple and medicinal herbs on the nose. Juicy, spicy and energetic in the mouth, showing lovely lift and cut to the flavors of lime, apple and minerals. Finishes perfumed and long." ~I.D.

Hugel 'Cuvee Les Amours' Pinot Blanc 2014
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90"Crisp notes of freshly peeled pear mingle with a creamier aspect on the nose. The palate is a similarly appetizing and attractive mix of crisp freshness and creamy roundness. The body is very light but clean. The finish shines with fresh lemon." ~A.K.

Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2013
Vinous 90 ""Bright yellow. A note of smoky reduction cleared slowly to reveal musky citrus and ripe pear aromas. Very rich and ripe in the mouth, offering gently sweet flavors of lime, pear nectar and mint. Has the mid-palate concentration to support its rather firm acidity. Despite its numbers

Hugel 'Cuvee Les Amours' Pinot Blanc 2013
Vinous 88 "Tangerine, honeyed apricot and lavender on the superripe, spicy nose (thats the Auxerrois showing off its true colors). Rich and spicy in the mouth too, with ripe orchard fruit flavors lifted by lemon, lime and fresh herbs. A touch overripe and almost sweet on the moderately persistent

Hugel Gentil Alsace Blend 2014
90  James Suckling 
James Suckling 90Pinot Gris: 23%, Pinot Blanc: 21%, Riesling: 20%, Sylvaner: 20%, Gewurztraminer: 14%, Muscat: 2% "Always a solid white. Full-bodied, fruity and crisp. Delicious finish. A go-to white from Alsace. A blend of different grape types. Drink now." ~J.S.

Hugel Estate Riesling 2013
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90"A fresh, harmonious white, with a floral overtone and a crowd-pleasing mix of nectarine, chalky mineral, orange blossom and candied pink grapefruit zest. Drink now through 2020." ~A.N.

Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2011
89  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 89"A firm backbone of acidity enlivens the flavors of forest floor, dried apricot, papaya, wax, anise and ginger in this aromatic white. Lightly zesty, with a hint of smoky minerality on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2017. " ~A.N.

Hugel Pinot Gris Classic 2007
91  Robert Parker 
 Robert Parker 91 "Hugels 2007 Pinot Gris smells of smoked meat and sauteed mushrooms, ripe peach and pungent herbs. It displays a striking combination of creaminess and clarity, in part no doubt attributable to a frequent Hugel procedure of letting some lots undergo malo-lactic transformation and

Hugel 'Cuvee Les Amours' Pinot Blanc 2012
"It is the most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis. Crisp acidity, pear and almonds." ~Etienne Hugel

Hugel Gentil Alsace Blend 2013
Food & Wine "High-acid whites are, of course, appealing in warm weather. But many of them, specifically those from cool climates, are ideal with winter dishes. It's a crisp, floral-scented white with enough power to pair with substantial dishes, and its combination of minerality and pear-tinged

Hugel 'Cuvee Les Amours' Pinot Blanc 2005
 "There is a love story of sorts behind this wine produced by the famous Hugel family of France's Alsace region: Though the family has made wine for hundreds of years, they only gave the Pinot Blanc this name in the early 1970s. "Cuvee of love" was spurred by an English lady lunching with the Hugels