Hugel Gentil 2009, Alsace, France

We are all guilty of buying at least one bottle of wine because of it’s pretty label at least once in our lives. Along those lines, the Gentil “Hugel” 2009 is not a wine you want to pass up because of it’s rather homely, outmoded label.

Open up the bottle and pour out this wonderful wine and you get a pale but clear coloured white wine.  The smell dances up with citrus leading the charge carrying a bouquet of flowers recently pulled from your neigbour’s garden.  The taste is a full fledged, without being intense, chorus of fruit with enough of crispness and juice to keep any white wine drinker happy.  This is a very good example of how an affordable white can balance everything, fruit, acid, crispness and even a little mineral.  The only thing that was missing from the mix was a little taste from the “green” range.  But why complicate something that is so good?

Musical Match:  To complement this wine with something green, the traditional Greensleeves.  Folksy songs rarely have such staying power. So maybe the Hugel label needs a bit of updating – or maybe they should leave it alone and not fix what isn’t broken.

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