Pinot Blanc, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim 2016
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.
Formerly named Pinot d’Alsace, which in the Alsace tradition indicates a blend of Auxerrois and Pinot-Blanc grapes, this wine originates from the Rotenberg vineyard in Wintzenheim and Herrenweg in Turckheim. In 2015, the proportion of Pinot Blanc was probably slightly higher than Auxerrois. The latter being slightly less productive as it suffers more from sunburn. The red limestone of the Rotenberg, benefiting from a much cooler exposition (north-west) and higher altitude, yielded the bulk of this wine, which also explains the slightly lower yields obtained in 2015. The Herrenweg grapes were in comparison much smaller and there was also more coulure due to the heat during flowering. Without doubt this changed slightly the style of the wine and explains the great structure for such a hot vintage. Medium slow fermentation (6 months) but the wines fermented bone dry.
bright pale yellow colour. The nose is quite intense but takes some time to open up (basically a day). It then reveals beautiful floral/fruity aromatics (honeysuckle, peach, melon…) but also a clear sense of limestone influence. There is no doubt that the initial tightness originates from the influence of the Rotenberg vineyard. The palate shows intensity but also stays elegant and tight. Very dry finish with this classic 2015, ripe acidity touch, salivating, juicy and not aggressive. Impressive Pinot-Blanc, very pure in its definition.
Grape: 100% Pinot Blanc