2008 Hugel et Fils Schoelhammer Riesling
A very complex rose petal and herbal riesling that is ridiculously fresh for almost a decade of age. Very muscular and concentrated, but still cool and fresh with enormous mineral…
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For over 370 years and with 13-family generations the Hugel family has unrivaled experience and knowledge of Alsace vineyards and winemaking. Known today for their passion and modern outlook, the dynamic Hugel family, located in the picture-postcard fortified village of Riquewihr, has earned a worldwide reputation for their Alsace wines. Emblematic of the Hugel’s abilities to combine tradition and innovation, the family has recently introduced new wines and bold, more inclusive labeling to call greater attention to Hugel’s entire family and their unique vineyard holdings.
Wine Advocate (WA)
Bottled in September after the harvest, the 2008 Riesling Schoelhammer is from the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru and opens with a gorgeous nose: pure, fresh and lemon-flavored, with great maturity and some minty flavors. Fermented down to two grams of residual sugar, this is a full-bodied, finessed and elegant Riesling classic full of vital acidity and mineral tension. Pure and salty in the aftertaste. There are some hints of aging already (the finish is slightly drying) and the wine is not highly concentrated, so I wouldn’t wait that long to drink it. With fish and legumes it should be excellent now. "The grapes were very sound in 2008, due to a very sunny and dry harvest", says Marc Hugel. "We had to wait a long time until we were convinced by the 2008 vintage as we were with the 2007," he adds. – Stephan Reinhardt – 30-06-2017
Decanter Magazine (DM)
A cool July and August followed by an Indian summer ensured a long, even ripening. This has a pungency to the intense, tangy lime juice flavour, with some butteriness coming in on the mid-palate. It’s a bit tight and still quite one-dimensional, suggesting that this needs a lot of time for the nuances to develop. The subtle acidity ties everything together, but it’s another Hugel Riesling that will only get better with age.
-James Button (11/30/2018)
James Suckling (JS)
A very complex rose petal and herbal riesling that is ridiculously fresh for almost a decade of age. Very muscular and concentrated, but still cool and fresh with enormous mineral depth at the finish. Just coming to its peak, but decades of aging potential!
-James Suckling (06/30/2017)
Vinous Media (VM)
Bright dark straw-yellow. Apple, fennel, sweet spices and minerals plus hints of rose water and chamomile on the complex nose. Then bright and fresh, but with a suave mouthfeel to the buttery, ripe citrus fruit and balsamic nuances. Finishes long and peppery, with a bright juiciness. This is actually drinking very well right now but will age for another decade at least. Tastes completely dry (2.7 g/L residual sugar) and has an almost steely personality (3.08 pH and 7.80 g/L), but it’s the nose that is especially beautiful. I wasn’t much of a fan of the 2007 Schoelhammer (I have retasted it three different times since writing last year’s note, and though more refined, it is still not up my alley) but I do like the 2008 more. I may be completely wrong, but my hunch is that this site delivers its best results in colder years. Time will tell.
-Ian D’Agata (03/2017)