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Hugel et Fils - Classic Gentil 2015

Information

  • Country: France
  • Wine Region: Alsace
  • Wine Maker: Marc Hugel
  • Grape: Proprietary White Blend
  • Grape Percentage: Riesling : 15%, Gewurztraminer : 19%, Muscat : 2%, Pinot gris : 24%, Sylvaner & Pinot Blanc : 40%
  • Alcohol Percentage: 12.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2018
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 85 (2014) VS: 88 (2014) WS: 87 (2014) JS: 90 (2014)

Wine tasting notes

This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner. Very fresh, bright young colour, pale pistachio green, slightly yellow and quite unctuous. Frank aromatic expression, delicately perfumed, of flowers (rose, jasmine), fruit (apricot, golden delicious apple) and spice (cardamom, saffron), with a lively and spring - like freshness. Refreshingly dry and full of charm on the palate, finishing on an agreeably fruity and perfumed note, both soft and suave. Such purity of expression and fine structure are exactly what is expected of a top-class blended wine like Gentil, with its typically original Alsace character. Drink it now to enjoy its youthful, fresh character, but it may be kept for 2 to 3 years.

Winery Information

Hugel et Fils

Hugel & Fils was founded in 1639, it is still 100% family owed and is managed by the 12th consecutive generation today. Owners of a 70 acre estate in Riquewihr in prime sites, more than half of which are Grand Cru, planted with only the noble grape varieties of Alsace. The Hugel family were the pioneers of late-harvest Alsace wines, drafting a law enshrining their production in 1984. Hugel & Fils are members of the Primum Familiae Vini - an exclusive association of some of the world's most.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2014)85 pts

Oct 2015 - Stephan Reinhardt - According to Etienne Hugel, the 2014 Gentil Hugel does not only revive the ancient Alsace tradition of blending grape varieties, it also is "the perfect introduction to Alsace wines as it combines the qualities of all our white varietals," namely Sylvaner and Pinot Blanc (which make up 45% of the blend and gives the freshness), Riesling (23% for the finesse), Pinot Gris (16% for the body), Gewurztraminer (10% for the suave, spicy flavor) and Muscat (6% for the grapiness) -- all grown around Riquewihr. The wine has gentle fruit of yellow apples and nutmeg. Clear, straight and fresh on the palate, with clear and dominant fruit and a grippy finish, this is a very pleasant wine for uncomplicated drinking pleasures. The result: "With no marketing, we are selling 0.5 Million bottles of this wine every year," Etienne Hugel says.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2014)88 pts

Feb 2016 - Pale straw-green. Pure aromas of stone fruits, menthol and fresh herbs. Lively and juicy in the mouth, with clean, precise flavors of orchard fruits and wet stone. Bright and long on the savory finish. I found this vintage of Gentil (a complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling and Pinot Gris, plus a little Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Muscat d?Ottonel and Muscat d?Alsace) to be Riesling-dominated, with only a hint of Gewürztraminer.-- Ian D'Agata

Wine Spectator (2014)87 pts

Nov 2015 - Light- to medium-bodied and minerally, this well-cut version offers yellow pear, lemon preserves, stone and spun honey notes, with a spiced finish. Drink now through 2018

James Suckling (2014)90 pts

Always a solid white. Full-bodied, fruity and crisp. Delicious finish. A go-to white from Alsace. A blend of different grape types. Drink now.

Vinification Notes

The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention. After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature - controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24°C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged in our cellars until released for sale.