Cool, razor-sharp but thoroughly ripe aromas of lime and stones. Uncanny combination of ripeness and sheer mineral cut. Bracing ten-grams-per-liter acidity gives the wine wonderful vibrancy and great finesse. This is denser than the Frederic Emile yet communicates an extraordinary lightness. Endless stony aftertaste. This will be a must purchase for serious riesling lovers upon its release in the autumn of 2000.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 1999
Wine Advocate | Rating: 93
The world-renowned Riesling Clos Ste. Hune is produced from 40 year old vines in a 1.38 hectare parcel (3.4 acres) located within the Rosacker grand cru. Some of the finest Rieslings I have ever tasted have hailed from this tiny plot. Crisp, youthful aromas of lemons are found in the medium-bodied, dense, and highly-focused 1996 Riesling Clos Ste. Hune. On the palate it offers extraordinarily powerful layers of lime-drenched minerals, a vibrant satiny-texture, and huge richness. This unbelievably long wine is massively structured, concentrated, and backward. It will require patience.
Fab taste of limestone & citrus. Bone dry with great elegance
Drink Dates: 2002-2012
Author: Jim W NYC
Self | Rating:
Medium gold color. Muted personality with stone, acid and fruit all weighted down with the sherried/fusel character of a really old and not very distinguished Spatlese. Seemed to be trying to brighten up, but couldn't quite muster the strength. Deteriorated rapidly after the first 90 minutes of air. The consensus was that this bottle had suffered heat damage or poor storage at some point. Too bad.
Self | Rating: 97
Over the top hint of hazelnut, lemon and dry rich pleasant ripe fruit. You want just one more sip.