Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Pinot Noir ‘Heimbourg’ 2020

£45.00 (75cl)

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SKU: ALZH2020B

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The domaine Zind-Humbrecht produces only one red wine, on a very small plot of 0.32ha in the single vineyard Heimbourg in Turckheim. Facing west, on red Oligocene limestone soil (rich in iron), the Pinot Noir ripens slowly and develops a delicate aromatic profile. Planted in high density (10,000 vines/ha) and pruned just above the soil, the grapes are tiny and grow almost at ground level. Yields have always been low, but in recent years this vineyard has been particularly susceptible to trunk diseases. The grapes are picked in small 15kg bins then manually destemmed on a perforated wooden board, to ferment in an open vat where we only carry out a few manual pigeages. The wine is transferred in 228 and 350 liter barrels (not new) and bottled directly without filtration or fining. It is therefore possible to find deposits in this wine, more or less important depending on the storage conditions. It is recommended to decant the wine after keeping the bottle upright for some time.

Tasting note

Ruby red colour. The nose is very expressive with aromas of small red fruits (blackberry, currant, wild strawberry, etc.). The mouthfeel is supple, all in velvet, almost caressing and evolves with a little more rigor on the finish. The sun of 2020 will have been able to ripen the tannins perfectly, the gentle manual destemming has made it possible to avoid the tannins of the stalk, which is not necessary on this delicate terroir which produces wines with a lot of freshness. This red Heimbourg is not a powerful red but it has a nice intensity and bright flavour. An extremely slow evolution in the glass also suggests a good evolution over time.

About the producer

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.