2014 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace
Always a solid white. Full-bodied, fruity and crisp. Delicious finish. A go-to white from Alsace. A blend of different grape types. Drink now.
Pale straw-green. Pure aromas of stone fruits, menthol and fresh herbs. Lively and juicy in the mouth, with clean, precise flavors of orchard fruits and wet stone. Bright and long on the savory finish. I found this vintage of Gentil (a complex blend of Sylvaner, Riesling and Pinot Gris, plus a little Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Muscat d’Ottonel and Muscat d’Alsace) to be Riesling-dominated, with only a hint of Gewürztraminer. (ID)
Light- to medium-bodied and minerally, this well-cut version offers yellow pear, lemon preserves, stone and spun honey notes, with a spiced finish. Drink now through 2018. (AN)
Gentil is a traditional blend of Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner that is fermented in temperature-controlled vats over the cold winter months, and then rested on its lees until sometime in the spring. This dry style, crisp white combines the spicy aromatics of Muscat and Gewurz, the body and texture of Pinot Gris and the unmatched elegance of Riesling.