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Average critic rating : 93.0 points
Harvested October 3, its alcoholic fermentation very late but complete (at 13.1% alcohol, just 2 grams of residual sugar were left!), Humbrecht’s 2007 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain is marked by extreme smokiness often associated with this site, along with struck flint notes of a reductive sort that it exhibited also in cask. Grapefruit rind pungency and pineapple prickle inform a lean, bright, faintly oily palate and the wine lunges for your palate in the finish, gripping tightly with salt, iodine, peat, Szechuan pepper, and citrus oils. This, Humbrecht agrees, might be thought of as a marriage of the 2001 and 1996 renditions, except that it’s cleaner then either. You can expect it to need 6-8 years to reveal its true potential and to be a 15 or more year keeper. David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate April 2010
A dry white, powered by crackling acidity and zesty white pepper and spice. Orange granita and hints of grapefruit showcase a pleasant sweet- and sour-balance, with floral, honey and smoke notes. Good intensity carries through to the lingering finish. Drink now through 2020. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 658 cases made. Winespectator.com
Arguably the leading producer in Alsace , Olivier Humbrecht of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht focusses on showcasing the specificity of vineyard sites, owning just single vineyards, including grand cru sites. The ability of the estate to produce wines reflective of their terroir is second to none.
The style of the domaine is also very distinctive, we know of no other Alsace wines that have the cleanliness, precision and freshness that these wines have; indeed, we believe they are stylistically quite different from anything else in Alsace – taste them blind and they are very difficult to place!
Olivier draws on his depth of knowledge (he was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine) and experience to challenge and improve his wines each vintage. This focus has transformed the winery with new viticultural techniques, the expansion of the estate, conversion to organic and biodynamic culture and use of workhorses. He is committed to his project and to explaining the wines of Alsace to the consumer, for instance the sweetness index Olivier created, which can be found on all Zind-Humbrecht post 2001 bottles.
This index attempts to combine the residual sugars, alcohol, acidity and overall structure of the wine to better understand the style and with what it’d be best served with:
1: Dry (<2 to 6g/l)
2: Off dry, the sugars aren’t apparent on the palate but there is a roundness
3: Off dry, more sweetness in young wines which fades with age
5: Very sweet, close to late harvest (>45g/l)
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