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Grand finale for a great 2007 vintage


This 2007 vintage in Alsace will bring many surprises, and good ones !

After a harvest which already started over 5 weeks ago, we finally reach a very happy end with the picking early this week of our best plots in the Schoenenbourg and the Sporen slopes.

In the Schoenenbourg we harvest our very best vineyards planted with Riesling with an average ripening of 13.8° potential

In the Sporen, we are bringing in all remaining plots at the level necessary for Vendange Tardive (Late Harvest) denominations with 17.8° potential. It is worth noting that last week we had already done a selective picking of berries affected by noble rot in the same plots. The corresponding certificate was isued by the inspector of the INAO.

The production or not of VT or SGN is always for us an excellent indicator of the quality of the year.

We invite you to consult the daily figures from our own weather station. The tables show the daily temperature and humidity levels during the whole 5 weeks of picking. Long, cool and dry growing conditions is what makes Alsace unique. With those exceptionnal figures you should have a clearer explanation of our belief that we have just witnessed the birth of a great vintage.

Feel free to consult the final measurements table of the plots we have now finished harvesting. The natural sugar contents have increased rapidly in the last few days due to the development of noble rot.


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Hugel Asian Roadshow in Sweden


The chopstick's favourite wines have just made their roadshow in Sweden under the masterful organisation of our agents HJO Grosshandel. See the GASTRO review in Swedish on the Helsingborg part of the trip. More may follow shortly...

Soooooooo great to see at this occasion the many friends of our wines in a country that has always greeted our wines with great enthusiasm.


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Final straight with Indian summer


This is now the final straight of our 2007 harvest with a weather that remains just ideal, fog in the morning and sun in the afternoon. Just what Doctor botrytis ordered Cool

Feel free to consult the measurements table of the plots we have just harvested. This table is being progressively updated as our harvest proceeds, with the final figures and the dates of harvest for each individual plot.



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It now gets serious for Rieslings

Excellent weather in the last few days, bright and dry. We have at last decided to start bringing in the first Riesling from our domaine. Yet, the 10 day weather forecast is mixed for the later part of the week with some possible light rain. 

We let you discover the above short video clip about our 350th anniversary vineyard.

We start harvesting some Riesling vineyards surrounding the best part of the Schoenenbourg. Certain bunches in the oldest vines of the Schoenenbourg are showing some interesting signs of development of noble rot.

We leave you to discover the measurements table of the plots where we had carried out tests earlier on. This table is being progressively updated as our harvest proceeds, with the final figures and the dates of harvest for each individual plot.


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Our trainees from Australia

With days when the attention of many is turned towards the rugby world cup, we take the opportunity to introduce to you Krys Smith and Luke McRae.  They are both staying with us for the duration of the harvest, an old tradition wich also give us a chance to keep in touch with the "New World" and to practice the language.

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