Tag Archives: Alsace

Wines of war

Hugel family patriarch, 86-year-old André Hugel, walked into the tasting room and asked, “Is anyone here from Texas?”

Under $20

Arthur Metz Riesling, Alsace 2014 $15 A light to mid-yellow colour introduces a fragrant aroma of lime leaf, citrus and honeysuckle. It’s quite dry and a trifle firm, with good intensity of flavour and a borderline austere finish. Very good value for money. (12 per

Alsace proposes change to their appellation system

Alsace is on the point of having Premier Cru vineyards. The proposal has been put to the French appellation authorities and is awaiting their approval. It will no doubt further irritate those who think the present Alsace Grand Cru system is flawed.

The real thing

Hugel 2008 Vendange Tardive Pinot Gris $120 From a high botrytis, high acid vintage. Rich, unctuous Pinot Gris that is quite sweet (111 g/l RS) but with a perfect balance of fine acidity preventing any hint of cloying. Honey, ginger, dried pear are among the