Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Riesling ‘Clos Windsbuhl’ 2020

£63.00 (75cl)

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SKU: ALZH0220B

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If history has inscribed Tokayer (Pinot-Gris) on the Clos Windsbuhl terroir as early as 1760, Riesling may have appeared a little later on this Clos. Known to be in a late ripening climate, the Muschelkalk limestone terroir – or Triassic dolomitic limestone – actually warms up quite quickly. The surface layers of the soil are shallow, the roots grow very quickly in the limestone bedrock and benefit from excellent drainage. The Riesling is planted on the upper part of the Clos, which is more stony and is south-east facing. Experience has also shown us that this terroir does not need power to express itself. On the contrary, healthy grapes will fully express the delicacy and verticality of this terroir, which is capable in each vintage of retaining the rigor and acidity that make it its main characteristic. The 2020 will have taken a long time to finish its fermentation while it has a moderate alcoholic power. The yeasts are in fact inhibited by the acidity of the Windsbuhl and therefore find it very difficult to develop. It is always with great satisfaction and relief that we see the end of fermentation on this wine! Long aging on total lees in old foudres allows the wine to be harmonious at bottling time.

Tasting note

Bright pale yellow colour. The nose is still slightly closed, almost austere, but discreetly reveals beautiful aromas of citrus fruits, bergamot, verbena and lemongrass. It is easy to feel the youthful austerity of this terroir and to guess a complex evolution over the next few years. The mouthfeel is discreet, almost airy, of great elegance. Very quickly the taste buds are awakened by a ferociously tense structure based on a punchy acidity. The wine forces salivation and its delicacy makes it very easy to appreciate and go back to it. It is a great wine for laying down!

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.