2008 Hugel Gewurztraminer SGN "S" 75CL
The 2008 Gewurztraminer Sélection de Grains Nobles S is super clear, concentrated and lemon-flavored on the nose. On the palate, this is a very rich and sweet, intense and complex, but also highly delicate and elegant SGN with a big body and concentration. The finish is long and aromatic.
The grapes for the S (whose identifying capital letter is employed on their labels for any SGN in excess of 21% potential alcohol) were picked "with a marvelous botrytis" at 22% potential alcohol. (Bottled with 186 grams of residual sugar and six grams of total acidity. Tasted in April 2017.)
"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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