Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling (Dry) Brand Grand Cru 2015
Riesling | France
A miraculous, triple 96-point legend in the raw. A MUST if you love Alsatian magic! Born from the pure granite soils of the Brand cru, this is just a baby now, but expect greatness with 5-15 year cellaring. We drank a bottle at our company BBQ the other day and it's pretty remarkable now however. This has citrus and pear with an edge of ginger, it is ripe and brooding and endowed with incredible texture, while at the same time cleansing and mineral. This is a WOW wine!
About The Producer
Luminous straw-yellow. The broad nose hints at herbs, spices and ripe orchard fruit and is really very typical of a wine born from granite soils. Then large and broad on entry too; spice and herb notes complicate peach and pear fruit flavors. Finishes long and pure, like a morning stroll in a forest full of small yellow flowers and spring water, but also nicely saline and tactile. Though it`s easy to recognize this wine as coming from the Brand when tasting blind, I also think the 2015 is a little more youthfully reticent than usual. Humbrecht told me the Brand Riesling is on a roll, and he wouldn`t know which to pick as his favorite in the last three vintages (the 2013, `14 and `15). Forget about this in your cellar for 10 years; at 13.7% alcohol and 6 g/L residual sugar, it`s a powerful wine that tastes off-dry, and cellaring it will help it blossom into something even more special than it already is. -- Ian D`Agata, April 2018
A touch of flinty reduction still hangs over the nose, subduing the varietal aromas. But this is only a sign of youth, as is the residual carbon dioxide on the palate. While very young, this holds all it needs for a promising future: A bright core of juicy fruit—think tangerine, tart red apple and ripe yellow pear—as well as the vividly clean and racy freshness of bright lemon. This is concentrated and rather powerful, rapier-like in its cleansing, dry finish but also generous on its fruity midpalate. This is confident and self-assured and stands tall with its powerful structure and body. Leave this to calm down and become itself. Drink 2018–2037.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
(95-96) From granite soils, Humbrecht's 2015 Riesling Brand is terribly pure, fine and highly precise, delivering crushed stones and lemon perfume, as if it were another Sommerberg. Exciting! On the palate, this is a lush yet pure, intense and ripe, yet mineral and piquant Riesling; it has great elegance, noble intensity and great terroir expression. What a stimulating richness but also purity here, a beautifully fine tannin grip (as if it was Pinot Noir), and a long and persistent finish. This is a must buy of the vintage. Olivier compares the 2015 to 1983, which was also a very warm year and delivered elegant wines. This is pure, rich, lean, piquant and mineral, very stony, lush and fruity. Most of all, it is full of energy and fascination! A must buy!