Country: France, Alsace
Tasting Notes: It is well known that the Hugel family is the specialist for late-harvest Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles wines. The late Jean Hugel, their ardent defender, was at the origin of the regulations that protect their production so well. For more than a century, the family has acquired unique experience in wines obtained from over-ripe grapes, and I admire the regularity and the skill they display in the production of sweet and liqueur-like wines.
This Vendange Tardive 2007 is absolutely captivating, with fruit, perfume and aromas of lychee, mango, passion fruit, of flowers like rose, jasmine, peony, and some oriental spices, all soberly gathered together with great refinement. Sweet yet not cloying, irresistible, luscious and juicy yet not heavy, it tends to overpower your senses with delicacy and charm.
Varietal: 100% Gewurztraminer
Pairing: A wine to enjoy on its own, or with foie gras, blue cheeses and fruit tarts. It could be kept for 20 years, but it enchants me already.