This beautiful sip commenced over four centuries ago when Hans Ulrich Hugel settled in Riquewihr, Alsace, France. Last night we enjoyed two lucious white wines from this beautiful and romantic region of France.
We tasted Hugel et Fils “Cuvee Les Amours” Pinot Blanc and Trimbach Pinot Blanc, both of the 2009 vintage, with an Alsatian dinner I made.
As a wine growing region Alsace is the driest wine region in France located far from the sea and protected by the Vosges mountains. The climate there allows the grapes to ripen very slowly giving Alsatian wine rich aroma and deep flavors.
Wine has been made in Alsace for more than 2,000 years, and were once considered the best in the world. But, over the centuries with political strife and destruction by insect and diseases the areas was almost wiped out. In 1918, a small group of farsighted winegrowers, including Frédéric Emile Hugel, acted to save the wine resources of the region.
We are so thankful they did.We made a light French dinner with pate, cheeses, and a wonderful French lentil stew. (Recipe by Jan Buhrman link below). Alsatian cuisine is distinctive, rich and wholesome.
Of the wines the Hugel et Fils “Cuvee Les Amours” Pinot Blanc was the predominant favorite with rich full flavors of "a creamy, golden raisin delight. There's also a ton of lime zest on the palate, and a bit of refreshing citrus pith on the bright, well-defined finish." Ben Weinberg, Unfilteredunfined.com
The Trimbach Pinot Blanc was very good and had a slight effervescence that Diana enjoyed, it was not as rich as the first. It is by design a drier wine.
The Trimbach family is also highly renowned as winemakers with their time in Alsace dating back to 1626. "The Trimbachs have always had a purist vision. For 12 generations, the family has been producing dry wines, very strictly structured, long-living and fruity, elegant and balanced: it's the Trimbach Style !" Winemaker