2016 ZIND-HUMBRECHT

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"2016 looks to be the best vintage ever for winemaker Olivier Humbrecht as the wines are a happy marriage of great concentration and precisely delineated flavors." James Suckling
 
We had the pleasure of welcoming the wonderfully erudite Olivier Humbrecht MW - once described by Robert Parker as "the greatest white winemaker on earth" - into our offices today to taste through his newly released 2016s.  To say we were impressed is an understatement - the wines are beautifully elegant, singular, pure expressions of their particular terroirs and grape varieties and offer abundant value for money, considering the quality and production levels (just 800 bottles made of the Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive and Selection de Grains Nobles, less than usual)
  
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht has been producing a range of wines from its own vineyards across the region for more than 50 years.  Olivier is a champion of terroir and today the domaine is fully biodynamic.  As well as owning plots in grand cru sites Goldert, Hengst and Brand, the family also own the prime Clos St Urbain monopole vineyard situated within the celebrated Rangen site, the most southerly Grand Cru, considered the Montrachet of Alsace.
 
The several non-grand cru Clos vineyards are amongst the best holdings in Alsace: Hauserer, Clos Windsbuhl (known for its refinement), and Jebsal for the late harvest wines; all monopoles that border the grand cru sites. Since 2001, the wines carry an index number indicating the level of sweetness in the wines, from driest (1) to sweetest (5).  Muscat Goldert, and the Rangen wines are bone dry in 2016; then of the other Rieslings, Hauserer is the sweetest with 8g/l residual sugar, with Pinot Gris and Gewurz naturally sweeter.   
 
 "The skill of mastering the special balance of these wines and precisely matching it with strikingly original aromas and flavors is what makes producers, such as... Zind Humbrecht,
the stars of Alsace"  
James Suckling
 
At Zind Humbrecht, 2016 looks to be a superb vintage which, according to Olivier, is along the quality lines of the great 1985 and 1988 vintages.  A vintage which experienced a very rainy June followed by a very dry September, Alsace managed to avoid the frosts suffered elsewhere and also had no problem with mildew or rot.
 
We are delighted to offer these wonderful wines for the first time - world-class whites - from a renowned producer that also offer incredible value for money - a great vintage to start on! 
  
"In no other French winegrowing region is there a comparable geological complexity to Alsace.  You really taste that in the Alsace grand cru wines.  Furthermore, the prices for most of them are moderate compared to those in Burgundy or, with the single-vineyard dry GG wines from across the border in Germany" 
James Suckling 
 
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Vintage Name Size Cs Bt GBP Price Per Actions scores
VIN BU JR DEC
2016 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 7 6 £390 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Gewurztraminer Hengst, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 5 - £390 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Gewurztraminer Rangen De Thann Clos St Urbain, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 5 - £540 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Muscat Goldert Grand Cru, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 5 - £220 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sdgn, Zind-Humbrecht 6x37.5 5 - £150 CS (6) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Vendange Tardive Comparison Case, Zind-Humbrecht 6x37.5 5 - £115 CS (6) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 7 6 £390 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Pinot Gris Rangen De Thann Clos Saint Urbain, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 7 6 £540 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Riesling Brand, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 2 6 £450 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Riesling Clos Hauserer, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 7 6 £300 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 7 6 £390 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -
2016 Riesling Rangen De Thann Clos St Urbain, Zind-Humbrecht 75cl 2 6 £540 CS (12) [Add to shopping basket] - - - - -