Hugel Gentil - $16.99

Wine Details

Price: $16.99
Producer: Hugel et Fils
Region: Alsace
Varietal: Dry White Table Wine
Container Size: 750 ML
Flavors: grapefruit
  • White Wine
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Product Description

  • This wine revives an ancient Alsace tradition that wines assembled from noble grape varieties were called "Gentil". Gentil "Hugel" allies the suave, spicy flavour of Gewurztraminer, the body of Pinot Gris, the finesse of Riesling, the grapiness of Muscat and the refreshing character of Sylvaner.
  • The Hugel family is established since 1639 in Riquewihr, Alsace, France's most picturesque wine region. In the 'land of pure whites' Hugel is a reference in Alsace wines but also on the web.

Expert Ratings

Ratings   Vintage Source Flavors
WineSpectator - 85 Details: Fruit salad flavors mark this round, appealing white, with plenty of zip and a tangy, grapefruit peel aftertaste. Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner. Drink now. 8,000 cases imported. –BS 2005 WineSpectator grapefruit
WineEnthusiast - 86 Details: This blended white combines fresh apple and pear fruit notes with minerally, petrolly nuances to give a surprisingly complex result. Finshes with a burst of lime. Drink now and over the next several months; this isn't built to age. 2003 WineEnthusiast
WineSpectator - 85 Details: Fragrant, evoking floral and spice aromas and flavors, this is rich and soft, yet gets a boost from a grapefruit note on the finish. Drink now. 30,000 cases made. –BS 2003 WineSpectator apple, lime, minerally, pear, petrolly
WineSpectator - 84 Details: An attractive, balanced white, this offers floral and peach flavors, with a mouthwatering finish. Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Muscat and Gewürztraminer. Drink now.  –BS 2002 WineSpectator
WineEnthusiast - 83 Details: Snappy and clean, although some might find this Alsatian blend austere and sharp. The palate features sour apple and some asparagus, and the finish is more of the same. The forwardness and acid-based balance are both admirable, but the flavor profile leaves something to be desired. 2002 WineEnthusiast peach
WineSpectator - 85 Details: The rich texture and apple and loam flavors get support from tangy acidity in this tasty white blend. It picks up a spicy note on the finish. Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Muscat and Sylvaner. Drink now. 22,000 cases made. –BS 2000 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 84 Details: Here's a tasty value fom a good producer in France's Alsace region. It's a firm, well-defined and spicy white, though it has a rich texture midpalate and straightforward citrus and peach flavors. Drink now through 2000. 38,000 cases made. –BS 1998 WineSpectator citrus, peach, spicy
WineSpectator - 86 Details: A delicious white representing a traditional Alsace blend of four white grape varieties. Aromas of peaches and spring flowers abound, followed by a ripe quince flavor and a rich texture, all well balanced and lingering on the finish. A unique bottling at a low-risk price. Drink now. 30,000 cases made. –BS 1997 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 85 Details: Here's a vibrant white displaying floral, citrus and peach character and ending in a lip-smacking tanginess. Delicious. Drink now.  –BS 1996 WineSpectator
WineSpectator - 83 Details: Quaffable, showing round melon and creamlike flavors with hints of spice, and a pleasantly creamy texture. Not complex, but would make a good apéritif.  – 1995 WineSpectator melon, spice
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Food Pairings

Category Pairing
Cheese Fondue
Red Meat Bacon, Pork Shoulder Roast, Sausage
Vegetables Asparagus, Asparagus w/Hollandaise, Cabbage, Onions, Leeks, Shallots, Potatoes, Roast Potatoes, Salad
Fish or Shellfish Caviar, Shellfish (scallops, clams, crab, lobster, shrimp, etc...), Sea Bass, Grilled Salmon, Poached Salmon, Pan-fried Trout
Sauces Sweet & Sour Sauce
Spicy Food Pho

Wine Terms

Name Value
Alsace (ahl zas) Just across the Rhine River from Germany, this region in northeastern France produces wines that are unique in many ways. They are made with grapes native to Germany; their bottles are graceful and long-necked; they are relatively inexpensive; and their labels carry the names of the grape as well as the place-name. Alsace Riesling is far drier than its German counterpart, although it has a fruity aroma. IT can be enjoyed young, but a good Riesling will age and improve for ten or more years. Alsace Pinot Blanc is a light-bodied wine that can be extremely dry or medium-dry. Tokay Pinot Gris is made from the Pinot Gris grape, known more famously in Italy as Pinot Grigio. In Alsace these wines are rich, spicy, and full-bodied and a good match with spicy meat dishes as well as sweet and sour flavors. In Alsace, the Gewurztraminer grape makes wines that are spicy, intense, low in acidity and high in alcohol.
France France is the standard bearer for all the world’s wines, with regard to the types of grapes that are used to make wine and with the system of defining and regulating winemaking. Its Appellation d’Origine Controlee, or AOC system, is the legislative model for most other European countries. Most French wines are named after places. The system is hierarchical; generally the smaller and more specific the region for which a wine is named, the higher its rank. There are four possible ranks of French wine, and each is always stated on the label: Appellation Contrôlée (or AOC), Vin Délimité de Qualité Supérieure (or VDQS); Vin de pays, or country wine; and Vin de table. France has five major wine regions, although there are several others that make interesting wines. The three major regions for red wine are Bordeaux, Burgundy, and the Rhone; for white wines, the regions are Burgundy, the Loire and Alsace. Each region specialized in certain grape varieties for its wines, based on climate, soil, and local tradition. Two other significant French wine regions are Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both in the south of France. Cahors, in the southwest of the country, produces increasingly good wines.

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