Riesling ‘Clos Windsbuhl’ Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Turkheim 2017
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 Clos Windsbuhl is located on top of a small hill attached to the Vosges forest, just above the village of Hunawihr. Its location explains the late ripening climate, enhanced by the calcareous (Muschelkalk) soil. This is a rare example of vineyard that can be at its best with many different grape varieties. The history of the vineyard goes back to the 14thcentury when the Windsbuhl was property of the Habsburgs (Alsace was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire). Through history, this vineyard was renowned for the longevity of its wines, mostly due to their tight structures. Every vintage since 1988, when the domaine became the owner of this great vineyard, we could witness the influence of the soil and climate on the wines. The 2013 Riesling clearly shows this textbook character after a yearlong fermentation.
The nose shows racy aromas: fruits, wet stones and is already very elegant. There is no extra weight and the palate feels razor sharp, with a mineral acidity that is unique to this vineyard. The finish is very long, but it is more the complexity of the calcareous showing in the wine that makes it remarkable than the sheer weight of the wine. There are some residual sugars, so says the analysis, but I still have to find them! Great ageing potential.
Grape: 100% Riesling