Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurztraminer 2009

 

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Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurztraminer 2009

A great speciality 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 on a special occasion. 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.

Wine Type:
Dessert wine
Vintage:
2009
Country:
France
Region:
Alsace
Producer:
Famille Hugel
ABV:
11.00%
Grape Variety:
Gewurztraminer

Hugel Vendange Tardive Gewurztraminer 2009

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.
THE VINTAGE
Not only a fabulous vintage in Alsace but, just like in 1990, also a great vintage all over Europe.
2009 was an emotional vintage for us too, without the benevolent presence of "Uncle Johnny", but with a
strong symbol as the two young cousins, Jean Frédéric and Marc André, both born in 1989, worked together
at their first harvest.
This was a rich but harmonious vintage, with record levels of ripeness, enabling us to produce a full range of
wines including, for the first time since 2001, both Riesling VT and SGN.
QUICK VIEW
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.
VINEYARDS & VINIFICATION
Produced from over-ripened grapes in a selection of the oldest plots of the Hugel estate in the heart of the
grand cru Sporen made up of Lias clay-marl, decalcified on the surface, exceptionally rich in phosphoric acid.
Date of harvest: 15 October 2009. Potential alcohol: 17°2
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.
This wine may with time show natural sediment of tartrate crystals
› Alcohol level 11.3 °
› Residual Sugar (g/l) 98.0
› Acidity (g/l) 4.73
› pH 3.78
› Age of vines 35
› Yields 28 hl/ha
› Grapes : Gewurztraminer 100%
Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989
From the fine 2009 vintage, yet the colour is still bright and very young, straw and lemon yellow with lots of
pale green hints. It displays the depth and texture that come from a subtle touch of over-ripe grapes, while
numerous silky tears cling to the glass.
The bouquet is immediately seductive and mouth-watering, a splendidly aromatic Gewurztraminer that
reveals a full complement of rose, jasmine, reseda, acacia blossom, juicy mango and candied citrus, in
harmony with a fine and elegant sweetness.
The wine gently caresses the palate with a mellow wave of supple, juicy fruit.
Such temptation is difficult to resist, an invitation to be shared with all those we care for.
Despite the sweetness that comes from the over-ripe grapes of this exceptional vintage, the sensation that
persists is one of elegance and refinement.Serve it to begin with, at 6°C, and enjoy it now or over the next 3
years. This wine will be excellent in 15 to 20 years, when its sweetness will be less obvious and it can be
served at 8°C. Appreciate it on its own, just for the pleasure of enjoying a sweet wine of exceptional quality
that is elegant and refined. Or serve it with foie gras, blue cheese, roquefort, stilton, or dessert : fruit tarts
or cakes with figs, pineapple, apple and pear.

More Information
Bottles Per Case 6
Vintage 2009
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