2012 Hugel Pinot Noir Grossi Laue 75CL
"This wine has a nice colour with the bright and alert base that is so typical to the Pinot Noir grape; young, pleasant, flattering, claret red with the intense garnet of morello cherries. The legs are consistent, regular and smooth.
The nose has a wonderful freshness and vivaciousness which is highly expressive and open, quite complex, strongly aromatic whilst generously and agreeably fruity. There are the hints of small red fruit so typical to a healthy and perfectly ripe Pinot Noir grape: Raspberry, red-current, strawberry, morello cherry, black-current, cranberry, hawthorn blossom, rose-hip jam accompanied with a nuance of vanilla, wood-smoke, violet, hawthorn blossom and wild mushrooms.
On the palate, first-contact is harmonious, smooth, refined and elegant whilst retaining a generous and long-lasting flavour. The tannic structure fits in perfectly, giving the flavour a strong foundation and longevity. We really like the thirst-quenching, aromatic, fruity and floral expression of its final note." -Hugel.com
"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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