2016 Pinot Gris, Rangen de Thann, Clos St-Urbain, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

2016 Pinot Gris, Rangen de Thann, Clos St-Urbain, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

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2016 Pinot Gris, Rangen de Thann, Clos St-Urbain, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

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The intensely straw-yellow colored 2016 Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Pinot Gris Clos Saint Urbain offers generous yet very fine and elegant fruit with delicate spicy and sur-lie expressions from the long aging in barrels until the bottling in February 2018. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, mouth-filling, elegant, tight and densely woven Rangen Pinot that fermented bone dry and reveals a firm structure with lots of power and lingering salinity (14.5% alcohol). Made from extremely healthy grapes whose must fermented unusually quickly, down to less than two grams of residual sugar. Tasted June 2018.
Stephan Reinhardt - 31/10/2018

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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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Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio

A first class grape variety grown in Alsace, where it is known as Tokay Pinot Gris, and in Italy, where it is called Pinot Grigio. In Alsace it is best suited to the deep, clay rich soils found in the north of the region where it produces richly honeyed, dry whites as well as superb sweet late harvest wines. At its best it combines the heady perfume and rich aroma of Gewürztraminer with the acidity one associates with Riesling. It ages very well, developing rich buttery characteristics.

In Northern Italy Pinot Grigio produces many thin undistinguished dry whites. However it comes into its own in Friuli-Venezia and the Alto Adige, where leading producers such as Alvaro Pecorari of Lis Neris produce marvellously rounded, elegant, and mineral laden examples. Pinot Gris is now grown with notable success in Oregon in the USA and in New Zealand.

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The Wine Advocate92+/100
The intensely straw-yellow colored 2016 Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Pinot Gris Clos Saint Urbain offers generous yet very fine and elegant fruit with delicate spicy and sur-lie expressions from the long aging in barrels until the bottling in February 2018. On the palate, this is a full-bodied, mouth-filling, elegant, tight and densely woven Rangen Pinot that fermented bone dry and reveals a firm structure with lots of power and lingering salinity (14.5% alcohol). Made from extremely healthy grapes whose must fermented unusually quickly, down to less than two grams of residual sugar. Tasted June 2018.
Stephan Reinhardt - 31/10/2018 Read more