Wine Intelligence awarded the Hugel scion (Etienne) from an impressive list of 30 for their awards for "10 wine industry figures who have made a significant contribution to the business of wine over the past decade - voted for by a panel of 10 leading figures from the global wine industry"
The report of the ceremony during Vinexpo Asia Pacific in Hong Kong here
The info is relayed on Meiningers WBI and the list of nominees is quite impressive: MW's Gérard Basset, Lynn Sherriff and Tim Atkin, but also Robert Parker, Miguel Torres, Ian Harris, Michel Rolland or Eduardo Chadwick... So why me ?
Anyway, my family and friends must be proud, a clear sign of ageing too but I am NOT the oldest in that list ;-)
Its seems that, in the current economical climate, many of us are concerned about getting value for the money that is spent. This is even more true accross the Channel with the current level of the Pound.
In the August issue of Decanter magazine, "The World's Best Wine Magazine" asked Steven Spurrier to come up with his selection of France's 50 best value Wines, under 15£, in all styles and regions.
In Steven Spurrier's own words: "France represents better value than it has ever done".
To have our Gentil included in that selection is of couse something very reassuring to us, but having our bottle featured on the cover (together with our great PFV friends from the Perrin family) tells us that we must be doing something right... or could it be the yellow "Maggi" colour of our label ?
You can download the cover in high definition
From all the wine regions, only Alsace and southern Rhône were the wine regions of France where vintage 2007 was rated with the perfect A mark by the influential Wine Spectator.
Overall, wine lovers seeking the elegance and balance that typifies classic Alsatian wines should be pleased with 2007. The vintage, said, Etienne Hugel of Hugel & Fils, "ended up with one of the longest harvesting times in recent years [and] with overall longest hang time from blossoming to picking. Just what the doctor ordered. [It] should turn out to be a great classic vintage for us in Alsace."
Feel free to visit or re-visit the day by day coverage of our 2007 vintage on our Vintage Blog
Could there be any better endorsement than this recommendation that was just published on shanghaidaily.com ?
"With wine, most diners tend to go with regular reds, enjoying the drink without bothering too much about the clash of styles. True, some rouges can be quite enjoyable with the considerably lighter Cantonese dishes, but most will agree, however, that a vintage bordeaux is not necessarily the best match for lamb vindaloo.
The best bet is actually an often overlooked one. White wines from the Alsace region of northeastern France are dry, light and fruity - perfect for Asian food.
Instead of ordering a bottle of red with your next Asian meal, why not try matching it with something that goes well with the style of food on the table. Any doubters will be bound to eat their words."
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Seen on James Suckling's Blog on winespectator.com
At a dinner with many of Las Vegas wine personnalities.
1987 Hugel Riesling Alsace Vendange Tardive stole the show. Ogden brought it from his cellar. It was rich and powerful with layers of fruit and fabulous petrol and pineapple character. Mind-blowing stuff. 97 points in this non-blind tasting. And this was after being up for close to 24 hours! Maybe VT helps jetlag?
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