2000 Zind-Humbrecht - (Tokay) Pinot Gris Heimbourg SGN 375ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94+

($133; 14.5% alcohol and 145 g/l. r.s.) Medium gold color. Superripe aromas of dried fruits, honey, marzipan and clove; a bit less high-toned than the Rotenberg SGN. Superripe, spicy and powerful, combining great ripeness and harmonious acidity. But this is less expressive and a bit more aggressive today than the Rotenberg.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 111

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Average rating: 95, based on 1 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

84 bottles owned by 37 collectors.

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About This Producer

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.

Wine Varietal: Pinot Gris

In France, this dry, crisp variety is known as Pinot Gris, while the Italians know it as Pinot Grigio. The two countries produce their own distinct styles, from crisp and light in northern Italy's Veneto, to the rich, opulent, and honeyed versions in France's Alsace. Believed to be a mutant clone of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris' (gris meaning grey in French) grapes possess a brownish-pink hue that gives some wines a pinkish tint. There are a bevy of synonyms for Pinot Gris depending on where it is grown. Typical descriptors for Pinot Gris include pear, apple, melon, pepper and arugula.

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