Much more than just a change of name, the presentation and structure of our range of wines has been totally renovated, starting with Gentil "HUGEL" 2014, then our Famille Hugel Classic range which now includes Muscat and Pinot Gris, with elegant and refined new labels, and all legal information relocated to the back label.
Creation of the Estate range, for Riesling and Gewurztraminer only, from the clay marl soils so typical of Riquewihr.
Added to the very recent release of Schoelhammer and the introduction of Grossi Laüe to succeed the Jubilee range whose last vintage is 2009... Time to learn the Alsace dialect ;-)
Changes that were outlined by Riesling specialist writer Stuart Pigott. A clear sign that our family is on the move as 3 generations of the family advance together.
The next step will be the eagerly awaited new web site that will appear in a few weeks' time.
"Grossi Laüe (Grosse Lage in German) signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru."
Stephan Reinhardt, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #221
For 3 months, since this Robert Parker reviews came out, the pressure on our family builds up as many fans of our wines are wondering when these wines will become available.
In just a few months more amazing press coverage has come out, James Sucklingdevoting an entire guide to the wines of Alsace, with 3 Famille Hugel wines featured in his top 10 (Riesling Grossi Laüe 2010 Nr 8 with 97/100) and last but not least, Bettane+Desseauve awarding Riesling Grossi Laüe 2010 the perfect 20/20!
Another sign the family moves in the right direction is the attention recently payed to us by some wine trade figures from respected producers to established merchants. A few weeks ago the family received together Napa Valley auction highest bidder with Opus One CEO together with prominent Bordeaux châteaux accompanied by Berry Bros. & Rudd head buyer.
We had the good idea to immortalize this visit on a Videowith Marc and Etienne commenting the evolutions with reactions and testimonies from our distinguished visitors.
It shows better than we would have been able to ever express it ourselves the changes occurring at Famille Hugel. As a result, Berry Bros. & Rudd made an offer of our entire new range of wines to their UK clients with a comment which has made the entire family very proud: "despite having bought large quantities of Alsace wine for both myself and the business, I had never until a few weeks ago set foot in the Hugel winery. For me Hugel had always been a highly regarded producer but one that was more geared for high-quality commercial wines rather than the top-end elite. How wrong I was! "
We have now already received delivery of the elegant 6 bottles cartons and our Domaine Hugel brochure to be inserted in those cartons are with the printer.
Due to the combination of a small crop in 2010 (the Grossi Laüe launch vintage) and and a more drastic selection of the vineyard plots used, the production of those wines is between half and 1/3rd of typical Jubilee production, whose last vintage will be 2009.
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