2001 Zind-Humbrecht - Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal SGN 375ml

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2001 Zind-Humbrecht - Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal SGN
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(the "lightest" Zind-Humbrecht SGN from this vintage, with 12.2% alcohol and 168 gram of sugar) Spectacularly pure botrytis aromas of pineapple, dried apricot and honey, lifted by floral high tones. Superripe but superfresh, with great purity of fruit flavors and no sign of botrytis bitterness. Wonderfully racy SGN showcasing the impeccable noble rot of the year. This will last forever but is remarkably easy to drink now. Endless, vibrant, flinty finish.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 111

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In Alsace, history is always relevant and with nearly 400 years of winegrowing in his DNA, Olivier Humbrecht should know a thing or two about history. He is intimately connected with wine production in the region. He was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine, and is also president of Biodyvin, a French organization committed to biodynamic farming practices. At Zind-Humbrecht , established in 1959, he and his father Leonard oversee production of 13,000-16,000 cases each year from 30 hectares of domaine-owned plots in four Grand Cru vineyards, among other highly regarded sites. These excellent, often incredibly steep vineyard sites, combined with yields of half what is legally acceptable for Grand Crus, produce Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Muscat of uncompromising pedigree. The Zind-Humbrecht commitment to biodynamics is certainly not mere semantics. Whether in the vineyard or the cellar, tasks are scheduled according to the phases of the moon and the requisite cow horns are buried to improve soil vitality. Whether or not one chooses to believe in this regimen, that Zind-Humbrecht is one of the top, if not the top, producer in Alsace is impossible to deny.

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