White, Ready, but will keep

2007 Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Hengst, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

2007 Gewurztraminer, Grand Cru Hengst, Domaine Zind Humbrecht

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Zind Humbrecht | Code:  944853 | 2007 | France > Alsace > Grand Cru Alsace > Hengst | Gewürztraminer | Full Bodied, Medium | 15.0 % alcohol


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The Wine Advocate - For me, Gewurztraminer is a powerful wine,: says Olivier Humbrecht, and 2007 is well-adapted to this grape, a comment one might want to ponder while tasting his 2007 Gewurztraminer Hengst with its 15.8% alcohol (considerably less, granted, than the 2005) and still 26 grams of residual sugar. Asked why he harvested this almost at the end, Humbrecht replied It was just developing nicely; beautiful botrytis; and it was the first time in the history of the estate when we had the possibility to think lets maybe try to do selections in the Hengst for once, which we also did. Smoked meat, brown spices, and resinous herbs play the leading roles here right from the start; and the aromatic pungency translates into a voluminous and impressively expansive as well as gripping palate. Theres a certain amount of heat here, but the alcohol also accentuates the wines low-toned, bitter herbal and smoky character. And my gums got numb, even with the sizzling intensity of cinnamon stick and ginger in the finish. Whether this will ever refine itself I wont speculate, but if you cellar it do so warily.
David Schildknecht - 27/04/2010

Jancis - Light nose but compact and dense – more so than the Rangen somehow. Smooth as satin with an attractively savoury finish despite its residual sugar level of more than 26 g/l. Real tension to this wine which could be served with rich savoury game dishes. A really explosive mouthful of ripe fruit but no heaviness. More than a hint of smokiness and the merest hint of bitterness on the finish.
(Jancis Robinson MW, Tasting articles: Zind-Humbrecht 07, www.jancisrobinson.com- 13 Nov 08)

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



Gewürztraminer is a high quality white grape which produces classic varietal wines in the Alsace region of France.

It is the second most widely planted grape in Alsace and the most widely planted in the Haut-Rhin where it is particularly well suited to the clay-rich soils found in the Vosges foothills. It is normally fermented dry and produces golden, medium to full-bodied wine with heady aromas of lychees, rose petals and white peaches.

It attains naturally high sugar levels far in excess of Riesling and this makes it ideal for sweet, late harvest wines. These can be unctuously sweet and luscious and the best can last for decades. Rieffel, Hugel and Zind Humbrecht consistently produce the finest Gewürztraminer wines in Alsace.

It is also planted in Germany (specifically in the Rheinpfalz and Baden regions), Austria, the Alto Adige in Italy and to a lesser extent in Australia, New Zealand and California. Gerwürz means spice in German, although this pink-skinned grape tends to produce exotically perfumed rather than spice laden wines.

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