2010 Famille Hugel Grossi Laüe Pinot Noir, Alsace
Grossi Laüe means ‘fine vineyards’ in Alsace dialect and is an equivalent term to the German Grosses Gewächs or the Burgundian Grand Cru, though much less official. It is a new range of wines from Famille Hugel replacing the old Jubilee range.
The Pinot Noir grapes were destemmed and macerated for about 2 weeks, with manual immersion of the cap (pigeage) into the wine to ensure extraction of tannins. The wine was matured for almost 10 months in small oak barriques, a fraction of them being new.
The whole production of this wine is closed with diam cork.
Complex nose, elegant. It displays a wide array of aromas.
It’s earthy, spicy (white pepper), fruity (red cherry and strawberry liqueur), and a little oaky too. There’s a fresh fruity feel to the smell overall.
The palate is mineral and oaky. Tannins are thin, but smooth. Light body.
Good complexity on the finish but tannins a little dry in the end.