2013 Pinot Gris Rotenberg

Zind-Humbrecht

92Average Score
White
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Average Score
92
Critic Notes

From 32-year-old vines in a steep, west to northwest facing slope with 300-350 meters in altitude, the 2013 Pinot Gris Rotenberg is marked by very meager, iron-rich limestone soils with 45% active chalk in which it is cultivated. "You don't need a knife to reduce yields here, as they are low by nature," says Humbrecht, who considers the Wintzenheim Rotenberg not only as a top terroir for Vendanges Tardives and Selections de Grains Nobles, but also for dry Pinot Gris due to the low yields. "You just have to take care about the ripeness. 1% more alcohol means four or five times more sugar," he says. The 2014 was bottled in March 2015 with 14% alcohol and 5.3 grams of residual sugar and opens with a clear, deep, steely-elegant and intense limestone bouquet with fascinating aromas of lemon zests, Mediterranean herbs and crushed chalk. Full-bodied yet lean, gorgeously fresh and elegant on the palate, this is a very intense and persistently mineral, tension-filled, and salty Pinot of great purity and complexity. Very long and lingering in its salinity. Burgundy seems not far from here. Oct 2015, www.robertparker.com

Score: 92-/100Stephan Reinhardt
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France
Region
Alsace
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Colour
White
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Product Type
Still wine
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