Now one the most planted varietals in Alsace! Delicate and subtle, it is the most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis, Pinot Blanc is a dry wine that’s wonderfully refreshing and lively.
In 1639 the Hugel family settled in the picturesque little town of Riquewihr in Alsace, where they have remained ever since. Today Famille Hugel retains the character of a true family wine business and is currently managed by the 12th and 13th generations of the family.
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. It also buys grapes from a further 100 hectares farmed by partner growers who have the same clay and limestone dominated terroirs that help to define the unique character and style of Famille Hugel wines. 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. Famille Hugel production averages 100,000 cases per year, of which around 90% is exported to more than 100 countries worldwide, where the name ‘Alsace’ has become synonymous with Hugel wines.
The ‘Classic’ wine range embodies the essence of the pure, dry Famille Hugel style. The grapes are exclusively hand-picked from vineyards with predominantly clay-limestone soils in Riquewihr and neighbouring villages. Hugel have introduced elegant and refined new labelling for their Classic range to relfect their “dry wines without compromise” ethos.
The robe still shows young, clear and bright. The nose is unmistakably Alsace, impossible to find yourself lost, you’ll know where you are. Subtle and delicate, the typical youth aromas and white flowers fragrances are still covered lightly by the fermentation notes, which should vanish in the coming months. On the palate, the wine shows wide, promising, it is already pleasant, but will age well.