2002 Hugel Gewürztraminer Selection Grains Nobles (SGN) Alsace

SKU #1265564 95 points Wine Spectator

 Classic varietal character amplified. Rose, lychee and spice aromas and flavors weave throughout the creamy texture, picking up honey and caramel accents. Thick and balanced, with a concentrated finish. Drink now through 2020. 10 cases imported. (BS)  (10/2006)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Hugel, a firm known for its dry-styled table wines, can make killer sweet wines as well, deftly illustrated by this example. It's full-bodied, broad in the mouth and rich, with considerable weight to its flavors of roses, dried apricots, marmalade and honey, yet stays fresh on the long, mouthwatering finish. Drink now–2020. (JC)  (12/2007)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2002 Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles is redolent of smoked meats, orange liqueur, and brown spices. Honeyed and superbly rich on the palate, it offers an invigorating, mineral-rich, oceanic salinity and carnal depth, combining sheer viscosity with brightness in a manner that Gewurztraminer can only achieve under the influence of subtle desiccation and refined botrytis. While it appears unlikely to ever give its siblings from 2005 or 2001 a run for the gold, it can certainly safely rest in one’s cellar for the next couple of decades. (DS)  (2/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (all grand cru Sporen) Aromas of orange peel and pineapple syrup. Less thick than the '01 tokays but still extremely rich and honeyed, with lively acids and lovely fruit. Finer than Hugel's other Gewurztraminers from this vintage.  (11/2003)

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- Thought to have originated in the city of Tramin in Italy's Alto Adige, Gewürztraminer is actually a pink-skinned incarnation of the Traminer varietal, and also the most widely planted variation. Known for its heady perfume redolent of rose petals and spice and tropical lychee flavor, its fuller body and moderate acidity, it can be made in a variety of styles ranging from completely dry to sweet late harvest wines. The best representations of the grape are grown in Austria and France's Alsace, though it's being made in smaller quantities in Eastern Europe, Italy, the Pacific Northwest, California, New Zealand and Australia.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.


- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.
Alcohol Content (%): 11