Hugel / Gentil 2018 / 750mL
Grapes: Pinot Gris, Riesling, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, and Muscat
Geography: Alsace, France
James Suckling - 90 points
A joyful dry white that’s brimming with fruit aromas, from pears to lychee to flowers. A medium body with a very attractive balance of juicy fruit and fresh acidity. A properly dry finish. Drink now or in 2019 and 2020..May/2018
This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner.
Consumers can rely on the Hugel style that represents pure, dry, straight yet elegant, and food-friendly Alsace classics that reflect the specific grape varieties as well as the specific terroirs, even though Hugel still doesn’t mention the vineyard name on the label. -Stephan Reinhardt, WA