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Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace 2014

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Summary: According to Georges Hugel, in 1970 a titled English Lady and a wine writer were having lunch at Georges’ parent’s home. The Lady commented to Jean Hugel (Georges’ father, 1898-1980) how much she enjoyed the wine but that it was very difficult to find in England, as production and sales were very small. In addition, at this time, many consumers still mistook most wines in the elongated green bottles to be German and therefore sweet—the English market was not known for their sweet palate in wines! The Lady (whose name is unfortunately not remembered) remarked many times throughout that fated lunch how lovely the Hugel Pinot Blanc was and a fitting name might be Cuvée Les Amoureux (the lover’s blend). As it was, the Hugel family had already been trying to find a suitable way to distinguish Hugel Pinot Blanc from other Pinots, while making it recognizably French. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) the name Cuvée Les Amoureux was not suitable because it was too similar to an already existing vineyard in Burgundy. Eventually, the Hugel family decided on “Cuvée Les Amours”—a name automatically associated with the French and love, as the Pinot Blanc is a lovely wine! Hugel’s Pinot Blanc “Cuvée Les Amours” was registered as a trademark in most countries where Hugel wine is exported. The U.S. trademark was approved in 1972 and since then the wine has been a great success with American consumers. Additional Information: "It is the most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis." - Etienne Hugel

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Alsace : a climate blessed by the gods Thanks to its privileged geographical situation, Alsace is the driest wine region in France. Its micro-climate is caused by the distance which separates it from maritime influences, and by the protection of the Vosges mountains. This climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity, giving the wine great finesse of aroma and unequalled intensi... Read more
Alsace : a climate blessed by the gods Thanks to its privileged geographical situation, Alsace is the driest wine region in France. Its micro-climate is caused by the distance which separates it from maritime influences, and by the protection of the Vosges mountains. This climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly to full maturity, giving the wine great finesse of aroma and unequalled intensity. A mosaic of soils Because of its complex geology, Alsace has an infinite multitude of combined soil types. Centuries of experience have taught the winegrowers how best to match each vine variety to each type of soil. Hugel et Fils is one of the major Alsace wine houses operating both as a vineyard owner and as a negociant. I was founded in 1639 in the small town of Riquewihr  by Hans Ulrich Hugel,a refugee from the Thirty Years War,whose family still run the business. From the Middle Ages, Riquewihr was renowned for "the most noble wines of all the country". The Hugel family’s vineyard estates cover more than 25 hectares, exclusively in Riquewihr, and almost half of which are in the Grand Cru zone. No use of fertiliser, low yields, vines averaging thirty years of age, thinning out of excess bunches, and picking always by hand, are all factors which contribute to rigorously high levels of quality. The finest vineyards of the region In addition to its own estates, the Hugel family purchases grapes and grapes alone, from growers under long-term contract, farming more than 100 hectares. Thanks to the skill of their growers, a dozen of the best villages of Alsace thereby contribute to the quality of "Hugel" wines. Their grapes are also always picked by hand, and according to a pre-arranged timetable. Read less

External Reviews for Hugel et Fils Pinot Blanc Cuvee les Amours Alsace

External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
08/18/2016

Summary: According to Georges Hugel, in 1970 a titled English Lady and a wine writer were having lunch at Georges’ parent’s home. The Lady commented to Jean Hugel (Georges’ father, 1898-1980) how much she enjoyed the wine but that it was very difficult to find in England, as production and sales were very small. In addition, at this time, many consumers still mistook most wines in the elongated green bottles to be German and therefore sweet—the English market was not known for their sweet palate in wines! The Lady (whose name is unfortunately not remembered) remarked many times throughout that fated lunch how lovely the Hugel Pinot Blanc was and a fitting name might be Cuvée Les Amoureux (the lover’s blend). As it was, the Hugel family had already been trying to find a suitable way to distinguish Hugel Pinot Blanc from other Pinots, while making it recognizably French. Unfortunately (or fortunately!) the name Cuvée Les Amoureux was not suitable because it was too similar to an already existing vineyard in Burgundy. Eventually, the Hugel family decided on “Cuvée Les Amours”—a name automatically associated with the French and love, as the Pinot Blanc is a lovely wine! Hugel’s Pinot Blanc “Cuvée Les Amours” was registered as a trademark in most countries where Hugel wine is exported. The U.S. trademark was approved in 1972 and since then the wine has been a great success with American consumers. Additional Information: "It is the most approachable wine of Alsace and also the most consistent year in year out. Not far in style from an unoaked Chardonnay such as a Macon or Chablis." - Etienne Hugel



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