Pinot Gris Grand Cru ‘Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain’ Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim 2013/15
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim (Biodynamic)
The Humbrecht family can trace their winemaking heritage back over 10 generations, although the Domaine Zind Humbrecht story really began in 1959 through the amalgamation of the Zind and Humbrecht family vineyards. Under the stewardship of first Léonard Humbrecht and then his son Olivier, the domain has grown to around 40 hectares, including some of the very best parcels in Alsace’s top Grand Cru and Lieu-Dit sites. Taking a non-interventionist approach in the cellar and paying incredible attention to detail in the biodynamic management of his vineyards, Olivier is leading the field in crafting superb terroir-driven wines.
The Rangen is the most southerly Grand Cru in Alsace. It is located on a rare volcanic sedimentary formation, only visible in this part of Alsace and the Rangen is the only place where viticulture is possible. Most southerly also means much higher in altitude (350m-450m) and therefore later ripening. However, the extreme south facing slope (90%) and dark rocky soil help to compensate the cooler climate, so high ripeness isn’t rare here. The immediate proximity of the river Thur also helps some botrytis development. In 2013, the cooler climate and later flowering didn’t allow for extreme ripeness, so the Pinot-Gris grapes were harvested healthy and the wine is drier than usual.
Yellow clear colour. The nose shows immediate and obvious flinty/smoky aromas. It is actually quite intense at this early stage and the volcanic influence is unmistakable. The palate demonstrate how elegant a wine can be if harvested a very low yield, yet still carrying obvious ripeness elements, like a small roundness on the middle palate. The acidity, noble bitterness and strong mineral character make the finish drier than expected. This wine is showing very well at this early stage and should definitely age well.
Grape: 100% Pinot Gris