2014 Hugel "Gentil" Alsace

SKU #1265559 90 points James Suckling

 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.  (9/2015)


 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)  (2/2016)

Wine Spectator

 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)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
Focused, trim and nervy on the palate, this exhibits vibrantly floral, passion fruit, citrus and wet pavement notes. While this has plenty of tooth-sucking acidity, there is enough sweetness to the floral dimension that it keeps things from being too uncompromising. For my money, this significantly out-classes the majority of white wines available at the everyday price it comes in at. Well worth a look.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/20/2016 | Send Email
You can't smell weight or texture, but sometimes a glass of Alsatian white challenges that assumption. Crisp and dry, but possessing a weight and richness that is unexpected for such a modest price, this medium bodied white is delightful. It's quite refreshing, but more substantial than most wines I would describe that way. It has great fruit and fresh flower notes complimented by a dab of honey. The finish is long and dry with a salinity lightly reminiscent of a great fino sherry.

Staff Image By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/14/2016 | Send Email
Bright, crisp, and dry, this little Alsatian blend is delightful. Pour a glass to find aromas of chalk, white flowers, anise and white nectarine. A juicy palate of pears and Meyer lemon lead to a long finish of smoke and crushed stones. A bottle of this at the end of the day is sure to make you smile.

Staff Image By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/6/2016 | Send Email
This is the type of friend you want after a really bad day or, after a really fantastic day, too. It has all of the characters you like to lean on in times of frustration and in times of joy. Bright and full of life but down to earth with a good core of character. This is for a sure a wine for which any excuse can be made to pop a bottle and have multiple glasses... bottles... whatever...

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