Hugel Selection de Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer 2005
Hugel Selection de Grains Nobles Gewurztraminer
Region: Alsace, France
Bottle size: 75cl
A deep yellow gold colour with coppery tinges and excellent viscosity, unctuously rich and opulent in appearance, the attractive colour indicates its potential to age well. An open, deep, rich, complex bouquet reveals the character of over-ripe Gewurztraminer grapes, affected by botrytis (noble rot) under ideal conditions, with aromas of honey, figs, dates, currants, papaya, mango, baked apple and yellow peach. It is wonderfully well balanced, its ideally sweet and velvety liqueur character envelopes the palate without being either cloying or heavy.
These wines made from single berry selection of overripe and shrivelled 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.
Famille Hugel owns an estate of 30 hectares of prime sites around the historic and picturesque town of Riquewihr in the heart of Alsace, where vineyards have been cultivated for more than 2,000 years, bringing wealth and prosperity to the region’s inhabitants. More than half of these vineyards are classified as Grand Cru: the Schoenenbourg, known for its Riesling, and the Sporen for its Gewurztraminer. All grapes are, and always have been, picked by hand. The Hugel estates are exclusively planted with the noble Alsace grape varieties and the vines have an average age of 35 years.