Wines Of Alsace

Wine of the Week: Hugel & Fils Pinot Gris Classic

June 17, 2013

Branch out from your go-to Pinot Grigio for the summer and start with Pinot Gris, its richer and rounder cousin from Alsace, France. Though Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris are the same grape, they exhibit completely different profiles.

Pinot Gris is fuller-bodied, but it’s still a perfect playmate for all of your summer activities—refreshing and dry for afternoon sipping, yet with richness to stand up to grilled fare, such as chicken, seafood and pork.

Pinot Gris from Hugel & Fils is an excellent option for its quality and affordable price, which is around $20. This is a youthful wine that can be enjoyed now or laid down for a few years, as Alsace Pinot Gris has excellent aging potential. It’s a fruit-driven wine scented with white peach, apricot and a hint of spice. On the palate, it’s soft and dry with a long, ripe fruit finish, making it a versatile partner with a variety of foods.

Hugel traces its family winemaking roots to 1639, with each generation exacting the standards set by their forbearers and ensuring the wines reflect the pure expression of Alsace’s terroir. The grapes are hand-harvested and pressed by gravity—not pumping—meaning that every grape that makes it to the famous Hugel yellow label has been treated with care. The wine is cellared in the Hugel family’s 16th-century buildings in the heart of historic Riquewihr.