Highly acclaimed and rare; worthy of the effort to get it!
Notes from Famille Hugel:
"Riesling GROSSI LAUE 2011 - AOC Alsace
Grossi La??e signifies the finest vineyards in Alsace dialect and represents an equivalent to the German Grosses Gew??chs or the Burgundian Grand Cru.
Quick View :
Great classic Riesling which starts to show its promisses but which will gain in complexity for 8 years or more. Its minerality and long complex aftertaste will make it the ideal partner to noble fish or seafood dishes.
The vintage :
Harsh winter of 2011 with 26 days below zero. Early budding on April 7, May warm and dry and flowering 15 days ahead of time. Summer cool, damp and gloomy. Return to idyllic weather two weeks before harvest started on September 12, without any precipitation from beginning to end.??
Excellent maturity in a fair size crop with soft acidity. Wines already charming, easy to approach and early to drink soon after bottling.
In the vineyard :
Produced in a selection of the finest plots of the Hugel estate in the heart of the grand cru Schoenenbourg. This fantastic historical terroir has been almost exclusively devoted to Riesling for centuries.
Keuper, marl, dolomite and gypsum, rich in fertilising agents, overlaid with fine layers of quaternary siliceous gravel, Vosges sandstone and Muschelkalk, with at its eastern extremity outcrops of Lias marl limestones.
The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presses, which are filled by gravity, without any pumping or other mechanical intervention.??
After pressing, the must is decanted for a few hours, then fermented in temperature-controlled barrels or vats (at 18 to 24??C). The wine is racked just once, before natural clarification during the course of the winter. The following spring, the wine is lightly filtered just before bottling, and the bottles are then aged extensively in our cellars until released for sale.??
The whole production of this wine is closed with DIAM the cork without the risk of cork taint.
Alcohol level (% vol.) : 14.4??
Residual Sugar (g/l) : 3.7
Acidity (g/l) : 6.2
pH : 3.3
Age of vines : 30
Yields : 45 hl/ha
Riesling : 100%"