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Alsace 2015: ‘truly exceptional’

Famille Hugel in Alsace has said it thinks the 2015 vintage in Alsace will be “truly exceptional”.

Riquewihr. Photo credit: Joël Gernet

Harvesting at the estate finished on 8 October – a date when the harvest would normally have started 30 years ago according to André Hugel who nonetheless added that he sees similarities to the “outstanding” 1947 and 1976 vintages in the current crop.

The family reported: Alsace 2015 is truly an exceptional vintage with small crops with high levels of maturity. The grapes were perfectly sound from the beginning of harvest on September 10 at Famille Hugel in Riquewihr and remained healthy throughout. Volumes are low to very low due of the hot, dry summer but the predominantly clay/marl terroirs of Riquewihr performed extremely well in the drought as they did in previous hot years.”

They added that the “Pinot” wines (Noir, Blanc and Gris) had once again enjoyed “great conditions” and the Pinot Noirs in particular looked promising.

The year has also been good for botrytised wines and Riesling Vendanges Tardives and Sélections de Grains Nobles will be produced.

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