International Wine Cellar | Rating: 97($170; 13.5% alcohol with 165 g/l r.s.) Full, bright gold. Exotic, roasted botrytis aromas of toffee, creme brulee and white raisin. Thick and explosively ripe in the mouth; the most roasted in character of all these SGNs but kept fresh by its superb concentration of acidity. Shows a strong flavor of vanilla on the extremely long aftertaste. These 2000 SGNs are a bit less seamless and more phenolic than the remarkably smooth 2001s, but that's splitting hairs: they all made me weak in the knees.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: November/December 2003
Wine Spectator | Rating: 96A concentrated sweet white exuding honey, caramel, apricot and orange peel aromas and flavors that orbit around a core of bright acidity. Seamless in texture and structure, with a caressing finish.Author: Bruce Sanderson
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98Produced from 14 hectoliter per hectare yields, the 2000 Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Selection de Grains Nobles sports 147 grams of residual sugar per liter. Candied orange rinds, yellow plums, apricots and peaches are interspersed with smoke in the nose of this jammy, syrupy wine. A massive, hugely concentrated effort is crammed with spices, pepper, and a myriad of super-ripe yellow fruits.Author: Pierre Rovani
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.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 83 bottles owned
- 21 collectors