Hugel Schoelhammer Riesling 2008
This dry Riesling was grown in the Famille Hugel's famous Schoelhammer plot. Pronounced "shell hammer". 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.
Tasting notes by Serge Dubs, World's Best Sommelier 1989 :
This wine has a youthful colour; lively and energetic, revealing an intense crystalline sparkle tinged with clear tones of green lime leaves and straw-yellow, with a light slivery shimmer and smooth, supple legs.
The wine has a wonderfully open and spontaneous bouquet, with an intensely complex and yet incredibly harmonious aroma. There are fruity notes of grapeseed from grapes that are perfectly ripe, as well as crisp apples, pink grapefruit, spring flowers, almond and cherry blossoms, wild moss, violets, cardamom, and lemongrass, finishing with a vibrant minerality reminiscent of limestone rocks and white truffles, evoking the unmistakeable presence of a unique and fertile landscape whose properties allow the Riesling grape to fully express its luxuriant character.
On the palate, this wine delivers a long, lingering passage of indulgent flavours.
This fine Riesling issues from Schoenenbourg's prized Grand Cru estate, and the SCHOELHAMMER embodies all the classic virtues that one expects from vineyards of this unparalleled character:
A true dry Riesling; distinguished, lavish, ample, full-bodied, juicy, remarkably well-balanced, of the finest quality and flavour with a dense, aromatic and complex finish. The bold and tenacious Riesling qualities, so characteristic of the soil?s unique minerality, linger on the palate delivering finesse and sophistication.
A grand vin worthy of the most elegant dining experience; perfect for drinking immediately or for cellar storage (15 - 20 years).
Serve chilled to 10°C; use fine, wide-mouthed glasses in order to fully appreciate the wine?s nuance and aromatic complexity.
Pairs perfectly with turbot, John Dory, sole, zander, pike, lobster, crayfish, crab, white meats, poultry, veal and partridge, as well asrilled and roasted meats.
A worthy compliment to the finest of culinary sauces, whether cream-based or à la nage.
- France - Alsace
- White Wine
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