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long would you advise to keep a bottle in a cellar?
is a particular case. It is impossible to generalize. Some
wines gain more to age, others don't. Riesling and Pinot Gris
are two grapes that can age. Gewurz also but to a lesser extent.
depends on the soil. Our clayey-chalky soil makes it possible
that wine can age with a formidable aptitude. That also depends
on the year. The more a year is rich, the more we have maturation,
and the more the wine will have aptitude for ageing.
Riesling from Vendange Tardive (late harvest) can improve
during 20 years and age for 50 years. Our greatest white wines
have the same aptitude to age as red wines from Bordeaux.
Is it possible to visit Hugel?
visitors are welcome. We have on the web site a section explaining
how you can visit us (http://www.hugel.com/en/index_en.html).
We are right in the centre of Riquewhir, one of the most beautiful
villages in France, attracting 2 million visitors per year.
groups, from 4 to 6 persons, visits and tasting do not need
an appointment. You just show up at the winery.
larger groups, up to 12 persons, you have to take an appointment
with us. You need to show us that you are interested in wine.
are free. The full range of our wines is available for tasting,
in Riedel glasses.
Is Hugel well-known in the US ? What are the wines
Americans enjoy the most?
one market, even before France, is the US market.
seller is Gentil, at $10 the bottle.
we sell in the USA mostly:
- Pinot Blanc
still has an identity problem in the USA, because of the shape
of the bottle as consumers mix it up with German wine. In
top of that, grapes we use in Alsace lead to confusion. They
assume that Riesling is a wine with residual sugar but our
Riesling has nothing to do with the german Riesling for instance.
is a huge education need. it is a fascinating market because
we have some unique wines that are not produced in the US.
We feel there is a desire to taste a different white wine
than only Chardonnay.
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