Famille Hugel Alsace "Schoelhammer" Riesling 2008 750ml


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Notes from Famille Hugel

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Riesling SCHOELHAMMER 2008 - AOC Alsace

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As far back as family memories go, the Schoelhammer, at the heart of the historic Schoenenbourg vineyard which overlooks Riquewihr, has always been amongst our most favoured single vineyards. From 2007 we decided that the Riesling from this exceptional site, traditionally vinified apart, also merited to be bottled separately. Schoelhammer seeks to reveal the unique character of a dry, mineral Riesling from a marl-rich terroir, deep and suave in style, and which takes time to express itself fully.

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Pronounced "shell hammer" : the coat of arms combines the fossils found in the Schoelhammer soil together with the hammer, a tool used every day by Emile Hugel (1869-1950), master-cooper and winegrower like his father.

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Quick View :

This dry Riesling was grown in the Famille Hugel's famous Schoelhammer plot. With great ageing potential, it comes from the finest vineyard slope of Riquewihr, historically known as Schoenenberg.??

Its triassic clay-marl terroir is farmed organically so as to best reveal the complexity of its rich sub-soil.

After extended bottle ageing in the family's historic cellars in Riquewihr, today this fine dry Riesling has achieved its first stage of development.

Only 2534 bottles 750ml were produced, no half-bottles

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The vintage :

Climatic conditions were a carbon-copy of the excellent 2007 vintage. Budburst at the end of April was quite late, but May was warm and sunny so flowering began on 15th June and took more than a fortnight to complete.??

July and August were particularly cool with hardly any rise in temperature, but in mid-September the Indian Summer arrived without a drop of rain. The sky stayed bright but temperatures were relatively cool.??

As a result, the grapes ripened slowly but fully, perfectly healthy and with excellent acidity.??

The 2008 Alsace vintage was already born great but may prove to be exceptional.

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In the vineyard :

Produced in the finest plot of the Hugel estate in the heart of the grand cru Schoenenbourg. Schoelhammer covers a mere 6 300 square metres (67 800 square feet), 30 rows of vines dedicated to Riesling and organically farmed. Schoelhammer's specific vines grow on Triassic Keuper marl soil from the secondary era (marine sediments, c.200 million years) with a 45% clay content, planted at an altitude of 300 metres, facing due south, on a slope that averages 25 degrees.??

Harvest date : 28 October 2008 Potential alcohol : 12.5??

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Winemaking :

The grapes are taken in small tubs to the presse, which is 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 (at 18??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.

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Alcohol level (% vol.) : 12,35??

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Residual Sugar (g/l) : 2,7

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Acidity (g/l) : 7,85

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pH : 3.03

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Age of vines : 23 Years

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Yields : 31 hl/ha

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