An homage to Alsace this evening, in the shape of Coq au Riesling paired with, well, Riesling:
A 2014 Hugel ‘Estate’, to be more specific, which we tasted at the domaine back in April and absolutely loved. This is a step up from their ‘Classic’ range, and I believe at least 50% of the grapes for this wine come from their Schoenenbourg site.
Pale lemon with a green tinge in the glass, there’s a definite touch of kerosene on the nose, as well as ripe apple, tangerine zest, peach, smoke and a gentle floral note in the background. On the palate it is surprisingly full with a waxy texture; the fruit feeling ripe and concentrated – there’s tangerine, Mirabelle, even some pineapple. But there’s also the unmistakable racy acidity (a cliché, but so true), as well as smokiness and citrus zest, which leaves a wonderful tingling impression long after it’s swallowed.
For 20 Euros, this is a real treat – and although could probably go on for a few more years, it feels to me at its prime now. Delicious!