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The Wine Society’s Generation Series Gentil, Alsace 2021

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The Wine Society has worked with several generations of the Hugel family and it felt entirely natural that we should turn to this famous family for a wine from their home region to celebrate our 150th birthday. A refined blend of Alsace noble grape varieties with the freshness of the 2021 vintage: restrained on the nose, more complex and layered on the palate, with gentle texture underpinned by a backbone of minerality, and fine length. For more on the story of this wine, please scroll down.
Price: £14.95 Bottle
Price: £179.00 Case of 12
In Stock
Code: AL17191

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 2 - Dry
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2026
  • 13% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, diam
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

More on the wine

The Wine Society has worked with several generations of the Hugel family, who have been making wine in the picturesque village of Riquewihr in the heart of Alsace since 1639, including our Society’s Vin d’Alsace and Exhibition Gewurztraminer.

If that was not good enough reason in itself to ask them to create our 150th Anniversary cuvée, it just so happens that early Alsace listings appeared simply as 'Riquewihr', or 'Gentil', the historic name given to an Alsace blend of noble grape varieties still used by Hugel today. It is a style they describe as having the typical characteristics of each variety ‘the suave, spicy flavour of gewurztraminer, the body of pinot gris, the finesse of riesling, the grapiness of muscat and the refreshing character of pinot blanc and sylvaner’.

Our Society’s Vin d’Alsace is also made in the Gentil style but the 150th cuvée is a superior blend with a significant proportion of grand cru fruit from Hugel’s Sporen and Pflostig vineyards, described by Jean-Frédéric Hugel as ‘educated gentil’.

Famille Hugel

Hugel is one of the longest-established Alsace houses as well as being one of the most famous. The family firm has made wine in Riquewihr since 1639. As well as having extensive vineyard holdings of some 127 hectares (including grands crus Sporen and Schoenenbourg), Hugel also acts as a négociant buying grapes from other respected growers.

The late Johnny Hugel was one of the most influential winemakers in Alsace, not only championing Alsace at home and abroad, but also helping to formulate important protection laws. It was he who obtained official seal of approval for late-harvest vendange tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles designations. Under the thoughtful management of Johnny’s nephews, Marc and the late, sadly missed Etienne, the business remained in safe hands, and now their nephew and Etienne's children are involved in this great family tradition.

Marc is the current winemaker, and in fine tradition the firm continues to make some of the very best examples of late-harvest wines from riesling, gewurztraminer and muscat available in Alsace today.

The Jubilee range of wines was started in 1989 when Hugel celebrated its 350th anniversary. These were made only in very good or great vintages and were synonymous with high-quality wines. All but the pinot noir came from grand cru sites. The Jubilee range has now been replaced by the Grossi Laüe ('great growths' in Alsacien), taking a further step up in quality.

Members visiting the pretty town of Riquewihr, where Hugel is ...
Hugel is one of the longest-established Alsace houses as well as being one of the most famous. The family firm has made wine in Riquewihr since 1639. As well as having extensive vineyard holdings of some 127 hectares (including grands crus Sporen and Schoenenbourg), Hugel also acts as a négociant buying grapes from other respected growers.

The late Johnny Hugel was one of the most influential winemakers in Alsace, not only championing Alsace at home and abroad, but also helping to formulate important protection laws. It was he who obtained official seal of approval for late-harvest vendange tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles designations. Under the thoughtful management of Johnny’s nephews, Marc and the late, sadly missed Etienne, the business remained in safe hands, and now their nephew and Etienne's children are involved in this great family tradition.

Marc is the current winemaker, and in fine tradition the firm continues to make some of the very best examples of late-harvest wines from riesling, gewurztraminer and muscat available in Alsace today.

The Jubilee range of wines was started in 1989 when Hugel celebrated its 350th anniversary. These were made only in very good or great vintages and were synonymous with high-quality wines. All but the pinot noir came from grand cru sites. The Jubilee range has now been replaced by the Grossi Laüe ('great growths' in Alsacien), taking a further step up in quality.

Members visiting the pretty town of Riquewihr, where Hugel is based, might also enjoy a visit to an interesting wine-themed museum there established by Johnny’s brother, André Hugel, and to their excellent fine wine shop.
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