2008 Riesling, Rangen, Clos St-Urbain, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

2008 Riesling, Rangen, Clos St-Urbain, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

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2008 Riesling, Rangen, Clos St-Urbain, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

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Entirely dry at only 13% alcohol, the Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain leads with a site-typically pungent amalgam of peat, toasted caraway, and kelp; lemon and tangerine oil. Intense citricity, pungent smokiness, iodine piquancy, and crushed stone minerality persist on a firm palate and into a finish that is apt to strike some tasters as austere, and which incorporates a tactile sense of phenolic intensity, almost a tanninity. Olivier Humbrecht thinks this take-no-prisoners Rangen will reveal itself to be one of his best wines of the vintage, and it is definitely in the impressive, rather aggressive mold of the 2007, while avoiding the Scylla and Charybdis of high alcohol or high residual sugar on which some other recent vintages of this wine have run aground. I would anticipate two decades of interest and suggest waiting several years before revisiting.
David Schildknecht - 02/05/2011

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Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Domaine Zind Humbrecht

The wines of Olivier Humbrecht M.W. need little introduction, possessing great depth, exactitude as well as generosity…like the man himself.

The Humbrecht family viticultural roots can be traced back to The Thirty Years War of 1620. Today they own forty hectares across five villages in the Haut-Rhin, the southern half of the picturesque vineyards overlapping the Vosges foothills, treasured for its idyllic climate, tapestry of terroirs as much for its half-timbered houses.

The domaine has vines in 4 Grands Crus - Rangen (Thann) 5.5 ha, Brand (Turckheim) 2.4 ha, Hengst (Wintzenheim) 1.4 ha, Goldert (Gueberschwihr) 0.9 ha as well as Single Vineyards; Rotenberg (Wintzenheim) 1.8 ha, Clos Häuserer (Wintzenheim) 1.2 ha,  Herrenweg (Turkheim) 11.5 ha, Clos Jebsal (Turkheim) 1.3 ha,  Heimbourg (Turkheim) 4 ha and Clos Windsbuhl (Hunawihr) 5.2 ha.

Olivier has arguably overseen the most notable improvements in the estate’s illustrious history: a new cellar in 1992 while retaining the traditional ‘foudre’ oval barrels; initiating biodynamic practices in 1997 (certified in 2002); and the buying of a horse in 2006 to plough the vineyards!

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Riesling

Riesling

Riesling's twin peaks are its intense perfume and its piercing crisp acidity which it manages to retain even at high ripeness levels.

In Germany, Riesling constitutes around 20% of total plantings, yet it is responsible for all its greatest wines. It is planted widely on well-drained, south-facing slate-rich slopes, with the greatest wines coming from the best slopes in the best villages. It produces delicate, racy, nervy and stylish wines that cover a wide spectrum of flavours from steely and bone dry with beautifully scented fruits of apples,apricots, and sometimes peaches, through to the exotically sweet flavours of the great sweet wines.

It is also an important variety in Alsace where it produces slightly earthier, weightier and fuller wines than in Germany. The dry Rieslings can be austere and steely with hints of honey while the Vendages Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles are some of the greatest sweet wines in the world.

It is thanks to the New World that Riesling is enjoying a marked renaissance. In Australia the grape has developed a formidable reputation, delivering lime-sherbet fireworks amid the continental climate of Clare Valley an hour's drive north of Adelaide, while Barossa's Eden Valley is cooler still, producing restrained stony lime examples from the elevated granitic landscape; Tasmania is fast becoming their third Riesling mine, combining cool temperatures with high UV levels to deliver stunning prototypes.

New Zealand shares a similar climate, with Riesling and Pinot Gris neck to neck in their bid to be the next big thing after Sauvignon Blanc; perfectly suited is the South Island's Central Otago, with its granitic soils and continental climate, and the pebbly Brightwater area near Nelson. While Australia's Rieslings tend to be full-bodied & dry, the Kiwis are more inclined to be lighter bodied, more ethereal and sometimes off-dry; Alsace plays Mosel if you like.

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Reviews

Customer reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Wine Spectator 94/100

Critic reviews

Wine Advocate92/100
Entirely dry at only 13% alcohol, the Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain leads with a site-typically pungent amalgam of peat, toasted caraway, and kelp; lemon and tangerine oil. Intense citricity, pungent smokiness, iodine piquancy, and crushed stone minerality persist on a firm palate and into a finish that is apt to strike some tasters as austere, and which incorporates a tactile sense of phenolic intensity, almost a tanninity. Olivier Humbrecht thinks this take-no-prisoners Rangen will reveal itself to be one of his best wines of the vintage, and it is definitely in the impressive, rather aggressive mold of the 2007, while avoiding the Scylla and Charybdis of high alcohol or high residual sugar on which some other recent vintages of this wine have run aground. I would anticipate two decades of interest and suggest waiting several years before revisiting.
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Wine Spectator 94/100
Firm acidity structures this big, stony white, helping to balance riper fruit flavors of peach and tangerine with smoke, white pepper, brine and lemon zest. Compact and racy, gaining intensity on the zesty, spice-laden finish.
(The Wine Spectator, November 2010) Read more