1999 Hugel Pinot Gris SGN 75CL
Impressively deep and concentrated in appearance, its scintillating, golden colour has coppery reflections, while its soft, velvety texture can be discerned from the sheer unctuousness of the legs. The bouquet is remarkable, a magnificently over-ripe and concentrated quintessence of currants, sultanas, honey, carob syrup, acacia blossom, frangipani and liquorice sticks, softened by hints of sweet peony and late summer roses.
This soft, mellow, liqueur-like wine overawes me by its fleshy, juicy concentration. It coats the palate with gentle opulence, yet it is not heavy, thanks to an elegant vivacity that projects apparent lightness, and makes the palate salivate in impatient anticipation of the next sip of this rare nectar that makes us daydream.
"The wine is already in the grape". As soon as they arrive at the "Hugel" premises in the heart of Riquewihr, the grapes are classified according to precise and strict criteria of quality.
Despite its modest size, the Hugel company enjoys a worldwide reputation. Present in practically every great restaurant in France, almost 80% of "Hugel" wines are exported, to more than 100 countries. The Hugel family was elected by its peers to membership of the "PRIMUM FAMILIAE VINI", an association of 12 family wine companies in the major wine-producing regions of the world. It is also a member of the Henokiens, an international association of family businesses that are all more than two hundred years old.
These wines made from single berry selection of overripe and shriveled grapes picked one by one and produced in the greatest years only. The action of noble rot (botrytis cinerea) gives them an almost unlimited ability to age. They are part of the elite of the greatest wines in France. An absolute nectar! Great specialty for several generations of the Hugel family, who drafted the law on late harvest. Wine with great power and longevity to taste religiously by itself during a special occasion.
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