2009 Hugel Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive 75CL
The blend is typical for this Cuvee – and contrasts with that of the (in more ways than one) exceptional 2008 – being largely from the Sporen, with some fruit from Pflostig. Rendered from extremely ripe yet scarcely-botrytized fruit, Hugel’s 2009 Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive harbors far less residual sugar than its 2008 counterpart, so that despite its lower acidity, it does not come off as overly sweet. Honeydew melon liqueur laced with brown spices dominates in this opulent, succulent display of vintage character more than of that of Pinot Gris – much less terroir. This will be short-lived by the standards of its genre, and I would anticipate enjoying it within 12-15 years.
"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. 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. These wines made from overripe grapes are picked well after the classic vintage and 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.
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