Wine Spectator | Rating: 93Nectarine, grapefruit and star fruit flavors lead the way in this light-bodied white, followed by savory accents of tarragon, smoke and almond skin. Well-balanced and fresh, with a lasting, minerally finish. Drink now through 2022. 145 cases made.Author: Alison Napjus
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The color of the label is exactly the same as of the citrus colored 2013 Riesling Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain which was picked very late and sourced only from the oldest vines (averaging 63 years). Very deep and flinty/stony on the citrus-flavored nose (which is somewhat greenish and more on the lime site in the beginning), it needs a lot of aeration (or years in a cold cellar) to open up and reveal more of its complexity, with garnished floral and herbal aromas. Full-bodied, rich and extremely mineral on the palate, this is a powerful yet bone dry, very pure and tight, extremely focused and rocky Riesling beauty, showing a great mineral expression of its unique volcanic origin. The purity, freshness, tension-filled length and compact structure is as mind-blowing as is the steep, terraced and extremely rocky vineyard itself, which is located in the southern part of Alsace; due to its altitude of 350 to 450 meters (!) and straight neighborhood of the Vosges, the grapes ripen very slowly. That's why the Rangen Riesling is the last that is usually picked at the domaine. The finish of the 2013 is lemon-fresh, highly mineral and extremely flinty and salty, and so is the aftertaste of this flowing volcanic rock monument. An aristocratic Must Buy for all Riesling lovers.Author: Stephan Reinhardt
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
- 12 bottles owned
- 6 collectors