Wine Legend: Hugel, Riesling Selection de Grains Nobles, Alsace, France 1976

Image Hugel-Riesling-Sgn-1976-300x198.jpgThe facts Bottles produced 5,500 Composition 100% Riesling Yield about 15 hl/ha Alcohol 12.8% Release price 130 French Francs Price today £209 (found on a Dutch restaurant wine list) Hugel, Riesling Sgn 1976 is a legend because… Sweet wines from Alsace had probably been made for decades, if not centuries, but it was the Hugels who from 1865 developed the styles that later became known as Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles. The latter is produced solely from grapes affected by noble rot and with a potential alcohol of 15.2%, although in practice the sugar levels are considerably higher. The 1976 vintage proved ideal for these styles, and the Hugels produced quite substantial quantities of them, from Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer as well as Riesling, and made them commercially available…