Hugel Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive (2001) - 375mL
per bottle in a dozen or
$300 in a single transaction
The 2001 vintage in Alsace will be an agreeable surprise for many people!
The 2001 vintage exceeded all expectations, with comfortable quantity and satisfactory levels of maturity for all grape varieties. This is trule a great vintage for Late Harvest wines!
This wine is a success, truly a dream wine. The eye is immediately captivated by the colour, its density and depth, velvety, silky and unctuously creamy, superbly bright.
The bouquet - bewitchingly rich, complex and smooth, recalls over-ripe grapes, honey, liquorice, pineapple, candied pears and currants, with a delicate harmony that flatters the senses and makes you impatient to taste it.
An unforgettable moment, an explosion of sensations on the palate, soft, gentle, smooth, velvety, juicy, fleshy, a harmonious combination that culminates in a remarkably long, extremely elegant and perfectly refined finish.
Enjoy this wine on its own, served at 6°C, or with foie gras, with veined cheeses: Roquefort, blue, stilton, or with fruit tarts: apple, pear, pineapple.
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 extensively in our cellars until released for sale.
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.
In The Vineyard:
Produced in a selection of the finest plots of the Hugel estate in lower and heavier parts of the grand cru Sporen, rich in clay and in our best plots in the chalky Pflostig.
Harvest date : 5 Nov. 2001 Potential alcohol : 18,1°