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2009 Zind-Humbrecht - Pinot Gris Clos Saint Urbain Rangen SGN

FRANCE / ALSACE /
  • 92 WA
  • Variety
    Pinot Gris
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SKU: 69891-2009-375-1A
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 92

    The unapologetically sweet, 14.3% alcohol Zind-Humbrecht 2009 Pinot Gris Rangen Clos Saint Urbain has the site-typical pungency of peat, carob, and charred wood, accompanied by scents and flavors of spiced, smoked meat pate, litchi, musk melon, and mirabelle. Bitter suggestions of fruit seeds add to the complex and fascinating counterpoint of a rich, expansive and lingering palate presence. This ought to be absorbing to follow over the next 12-15 years, though I confess I am not sure of the contexts in which I would serve it other than with a rich meat pate, with foie gras, or solely for self-indulgent meditation.
    Drink Dates: 2011-2026
    Author: David Schildknecht
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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.

    Located in northeast corner of France along the German border, Alsace's unique hybrid culture is mirrored in its wine, influenced by both French and German styles. In fact, Alsace is the only region in France that allows the traditional German grape Riesling to be grown legally. Located in the rain shadow from the Vosges mountains, this sixty mile strip of land has a cold continental climate and has one of France's lowest levels of rainfall. Most wine is labeled Appellation Alsace Controlee with the best vineyards granted Alsace Grand Cru status. The majority of Alsatian wine is white and grand cru vineyards are restricted to growing Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 13 bottles owned
    • 2 collectors