White, Ready, but will keep

2007 Gewurztraminer, Clos Saint Urbain, Rangen de Thann, Dom Zind Humbrecht

2007 Gewurztraminer, Clos Saint Urbain, Rangen de Thann, Dom Zind Humbrecht

White | Ready, but will keep | Domaine Zind Humbrecht | Code:  944854 | 2007 | France > Alsace > Grand Cru Alsace > Rangen | Gewürztraminer | Full Bodied, Medium | 15.0 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

87/100

Jancis

16.5/20

The Wine Advocate - To my knowledge, the Humbrechts 2007 Gewurztraminer Rangen Clos Saint Urbain sets a new record for the estate at 16.4% alcohol, in effect following the trajectory of recent vintages in Rangen, though 22 grams of residual sugar in this instance may simply indicate that it will be up to the yeasts to say when. The acidity here is high for the variety, as has been noted in numerous wines of the vintage, especially those accentuated by noble rot. Lavender, rose petal, celery root, and whiffs of wood smoke on the nose are attractive and entirely predictable, if backed by a faintly spirituous sense of nose-tweaking intensity. In the mouth, though, this catches fire and not in a good way sweeping across the palate, and leaving behind charred, smoked meat, and high-toned notes of banana oil, citrus oil, and distilled pit fruits, and peat. The old drink-it-before-it-drinks-you line is insufficient to express the relentless, virtually incendiary ferocity, eye watering smokiness and searing brightness on display here. Ok, its done drunk me now what? Id be lying if I said I dont want to see what becomes of it after a few years in bottle.
David Schildknecht - 27/04/2010

Jancis - Quite deep gold. Not especially expressive on the nose with marked residual sugar. This is one of those wines that need careful food matching, such as Munster or Vacherin cheese? Very hot finish. And slightly loose. I could imagine this grapefruit flavoured wine turning a little oily with age.

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

Gewürztraminer

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.

The Region

Rangen

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