White, Ready, but will keep

2008 Pinot Gris, Rangen Clos St Urbain Domaine Zind Humbrecht

2008 Pinot Gris, Rangen Clos St Urbain Domaine Zind Humbrecht

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Zind Humbrecht | Code:  5505 | 2008 | France > Alsace > Grand Cru Alsace > Rangen | Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio | Full Bodied, Medium | 12.5 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate - The Humbrechts did not attempt selective picking for their 2008 Pinot Gris Rangen Clos Saint Urbain but instead picked healthy and botrytized fruit together, counting on acidity that is high even by Riesling standards to welcome the resulting 46 grams of residual sugar for balance. Fresh lemon, quince preserves, peat, and musk in the nose; a strikingly bright and harmonious rather than bifurcated sweet-sour palate; and a finish of saliva-inducing salinity; almost smarting smokiness; and decisive cut make for a wine that ought to be set aside for at least 5-6 years and should merit following for 20 or more. I must say that if the choice is to be between a virtual V.T. like this or a wine of more than 15% alcohol such as in other recent vintages and which then may or may not be dry Id much prefer the former, not only for cellar potential but also if I were going to drink it already.
David Schildknecht - 02/05/2011

Wine Spectator - The crackling acidity is matched in intensity by the pronounced tea rose note that wafts through this vibrant white. Peach and papaya flavors play off smoke and white pepper notes, lingering on the long, mouthwatering finish. This is delicious, and each sip brings you back for another.
(The Wine Spectator, November 2010)

The Producer

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!

The Grape

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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