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Smoke, orange, wet stone and earth notes are powerful and beguiling on the nose. The palate has absolute concentration and energy and more of that smoky promise. This is like the bundled focus of a laser light—incisive, precise and piercing. Notions of peach, lemon and tangerine dance and hover, but the central core and force remains a kind of drive that could move mountains. This is a sleeping giant, absolute and pure, brooding, laying in wait to unleash its might. The palate is absolutely dry, absolutely fresh, absolutely uncompromising. The finish is piercingly clean. Wait for this. Drink 2025–2040 at least. Alcohol 13%.
- WinemakerOlivier and Margaret Humbrecht
- VineyardRangen de Thann
- Farming MethodCertified Biodynamic
Zind Humbrecht Riesling (Dry) Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urban Grand Cru 2015
Riesling | France
WE97, 94-96WA, JS95, VN94+, WS94
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Mouth drooling... Senses heightened... Neck hairs standing at attention... DANG, this is GOOD! Aromas of crushed rocks, flinty smoke, and spring flowers. The palate is ultra-dry with some salinity and loads of personality. Don't hold back here.
About the Producer
The Humbrecht family has cultivated their vines in the great terroirs of Alsace since 1620. The expression of terroir is reinforced by cultivating the vines organically and according to biodynamic principles of over 100 acres of prime vineyards. Winemaker Olivier Humbrecht is one of the only winemakers in the world with an MW and his approach is always to let the terroir shine above all else. Ripe, balanced, and concentrated grapes enable him to eliminate any vinification techniques that modify the initial harmony of each terroir. To put it simply, Zind Humbrecht is one of the most revered and respected estates in the entire world producing some of the most exciting wines today in its storied history. -- The wine originates from vines planted in the '90s and in 2001 in the Grand Cru Brand. The soil type is a biotite of granite containing lots of black mica.
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