2005 Zind-Humbrecht - Riesling Rangen Clos St Urbain 750ml

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IWC 90(+?)   Collector 92
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90(+?)

($95) Pale yellow-gold. Musky aromas of ripe apricot, smoked meat and minerals. Silky in texture and superrich but downright steely today. Very dry (less than three grams of r.s.) and unforgiving wine, and yet this seems purer and finer than the 2004. I wouldn't think about pulling a cork for at least three or four years, if not considerably longer than that. Humbrecht noted that both the '04 and '05 Rangens are much drier than the rieslings he produced from this grand cru vineyard in many earlier vintages.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 133

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating:
Author: Peter B
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 04/24/2010
Drink Dates:
Excellent. drinking great.

Rating: 92
Author: biggsy
Trust Rating: 100
Tasted On: 08/28/2009
Light golden colour. Intense lemon, lime and a stony minerality on the nose. Lean and bone dry; lively acidity. Long and complex on the mid-palate. Seamless citrus fruit, orange peel and a mineral smokiness on the palate. Long finish. Excellent, probably with decades left.

Average rating: 91, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

296 bottles owned by 58 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: Riesling


Styles of Riesling range from bone-dry to very sweet. Riesling thrives in cooler climates with plenty of sun exposure and protection from the wind. Along the Mosel River in Germany and in France's region of Alsace, this variety has seen historic success. Riesling is also grown in Austria, Luxembourg, northern Italy, Australia, New Zealand, United States, and Canada. There are many grape names that use the term "Riesling" which are not true Riesling such as Welschriesling, Schwarzriesling, Cape Riesling, and Gray Riesling. White Riesling, also known as Johannisberg Riesling, is true Riesling. Typical descriptors for the varietal include apple, pear, peach, apricot, petrol, flint, steel, and gunmetal.

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