The 2016 Gentil Hugel is a blend of all the white Alsatian grape varieties that had been bottled the day before I tasted it in late April 2017. The wine is clear, fresh and aromatic on the nose, terribly crisp and piquant on the palate, provided with a really racy acidity. The 2016 has good phenolic grip and tension and is pleasantly light at 12.6% alcohol. A really stimulating aperitif.
Fresh, ripe apple, lemon and pear are on full display on the open nose. The palate balances this abundance with a pleasantly bitter, tangy note. This is dry, slender and refreshing, with a layered, stony core.
This light-bodied white jangles with tangy acidity, offering a stony underpinning to the lively mix of Honeycrisp apple, white cherry, basil and pickled ginger. Drink now through 2019.
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