2007 Tokay Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl SGN Trie Speciale Zind-Humbrecht

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Average critic rating : 96.5 points



Entering the arena of barely-wines, the now-bottled Zind-Humbrecht 2007 Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl Selection de Grains Trie Speciale spent two years fermenting plus an additional year in cask thereafter. Deeply-toasted walnut, honey, marzipan, caramel, and notes of exotic, aromatic woods lend the aromas a very dark, positively oxidized cast. Given the nature of those aromas – not to mention the wine’s 400 (!) grams of residual sugar – it comes to the palate with shocking vivacity. a cooling aura of mint and chamomile, glazed apricot akin to Esszencia. and a saliva-liberating salinity. Hints of toasted coconut and vanilla from the barrel manage to integrate themselves into the metaphorically dark, toasty elements that also persist in this wine’s splendidly multi-faceted and dynamically interactive finish. The dazzling complexity and the fascinating alternation of electric acidity and dark, torrification confound one’s expectations of wine with Esszencia-like analytic parameters. This will probably last for the better part of half a century. David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate May 2011



A thick, unctuous wine, amber-coloured and loaded with herb and spice details, but also very bright and tangy. Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator

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

4: Sweet

5: Very sweet, close to late harvest (>45g/l)

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