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Pinot Gris Clos St Urbain Rangen de Thann Zind-Humbrecht 2002

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93 Points, Wine Spectator: "There's plenty of residual sugar here, yet it's balanced by a vibrant structure, which also frames the pineapple, honey and mineral flavors nicely. Fine length, with an orange peel accent. This still needs time. Best from 2005 through 2012. 525 cases made." 90 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous:"Soil-inflected aromas of flint, smoke, earth, walnut oil, clove and menthol. Sweet on entry, then rich, spicy and quite firm in the middle. Very rich and tactile but not yet complex. Today the wine is dominated by its sheer volume of alcohol." The due south-facing aspect of Rangen Vineyard increases the amount of direct sunlight, giving the vines a privileged position on the steep Hillside with its 90% gradient. As a result, Rangen is a late ripening vineyard whose exceptional exposure allows the grapes to mature slowly in October and November. Zind-Humbrecht's dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels. ASTING NOTE: This wine develops huge Rangen aromatics: flint, smoke, minerals, with more classic ripe white fruits. The mouthfeel is dense, long lasting and full of mineral flavors.FOOD PAIRING: Savor as an aperitif or with poultry in cream or mushroom sauce.POINTS OF DISTINCTION" The Rangen Grand Cru's unique terroir, with opposing influences of high altitude (slowing ripening) yet warm volcanic soils and dramatically steep slope with best exposure (speeding it up), cultivates optimal ripeness. Rangen Grand Cru wines consistently receive top ratings. "

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Domaine Zind-humbrecht:
The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions, comprising biological treatments against the diseases and others aiming at improving the quality. mong the latter, the pruning is particularly decisive. Too severe, it prevents the harmonious development of the vine, insufficient, the vine will overproduce unripen grapes. A this moment, the presen... Read more
The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions, comprising biological treatments against the diseases and others aiming at improving the quality. mong the latter, the pruning is particularly decisive. Too severe, it prevents the harmonious development of the vine, insufficient, the vine will overproduce unripen grapes. A this moment, the presence of Paul’s grandson Pierre-Paul Humbrecht, is of utmost importance to the vineyard, to prune correctly and at the right time. Given unfavourable climatic conditions, the harvest may suffer but when the seasons flow normally the right pruning will be rewarded by a juice of very high quality. hen the vine has had its budburst, the disbudding (selection of branches) and desuckering (supression of the growths resulting from sucker from the trunk), are made manually to avoid any harmful effect to the vine. During the bloom, trimming consists in shortening the end of the branches leaving just the right quantity of good quality leafs that the young vine needs. During ripening, the stripping to improve the exposure of the grapes to the sun and thinning out the grapes in excess must be done with precision in order to obtain a harvest of great quality. orking the ground consists of several heavy duty work. Hilling up the vine, ploughing down and plowing between the rows of vine are accomplished each year. Naturally, Pierre-Paul Humbrecht is using the latest agricultural technologies to ease the task while remaining in harmony with nature, thus our advance towards biological agriculture or rather the search of our origins towards the Earth... Read less

93 Points, Wine Spectator: "There's plenty of residual sugar here, yet it's balanced by a vibrant structure, which also frames the pineapple, honey and mineral flavors nicely. Fine length, with an orange peel accent. This still needs time. Best from 2005 through 2012. 525 cases made." 90 Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous:"Soil-inflected aromas of flint, smoke, earth, walnut oil, clove and menthol. Sweet on entry, then rich, spicy and quite firm in the middle. Very rich and tactile but not yet complex. Today the wine is dominated by its sheer volume of alcohol." The due south-facing aspect of Rangen Vineyard increases the amount of direct sunlight, giving the vines a privileged position on the steep Hillside with its 90% gradient. As a result, Rangen is a late ripening vineyard whose exceptional exposure allows the grapes to mature slowly in October and November. Zind-Humbrecht's dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels. ASTING NOTE: This wine develops huge Rangen aromatics: flint, smoke, minerals, with more classic ripe white fruits. The mouthfeel is dense, long lasting and full of mineral flavors.FOOD PAIRING: Savor as an aperitif or with poultry in cream or mushroom sauce.POINTS OF DISTINCTION" The Rangen Grand Cru's unique terroir, with opposing influences of high altitude (slowing ripening) yet warm volcanic soils and dramatically steep slope with best exposure (speeding it up), cultivates optimal ripeness. Rangen Grand Cru wines consistently receive top ratings. "

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