Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain 2007

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"A dry white, powered by crackling acidity and zesty white pepper and spice. Orange granita and hints of grapefruit showcase a pleasant sweet- and sour-balance, with floral, honey and smoke notes. Good intensity carries through to the lingering finish...93" WS 10/09 "Harvested October 3, its alcoholic fermentation very late but complete (at 13.1% alcohol, just 2 grams of residual sugar were left!), Humbrecht’s 2007 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain is marked by extreme smokiness often associated with this site, along with struck flint notes of a reductive sort that it exhibited also in cask. Grapefruit rind pungency and pineapple prickle inform a lean, bright, faintly oily palate and the wine lunges for your palate in the finish, gripping tightly with salt, iodine, peat, Szechuan pepper, and citrus oils. This, Humbrecht agrees, might be thought of as a marriage of the 2001 and 1996 renditions, except that it’s cleaner then either. You can expect it to need 6-8 years to reveal its true potential and to be a 15 or more year keeper...93" WA 04/10

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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

"A dry white, powered by crackling acidity and zesty white pepper and spice. Orange granita and hints of grapefruit showcase a pleasant sweet- and sour-balance, with floral, honey and smoke notes. Good intensity carries through to the lingering finish...93" WS 10/09 "Harvested October 3, its alcoholic fermentation very late but complete (at 13.1% alcohol, just 2 grams of residual sugar were left!), Humbrecht’s 2007 Riesling Rangen Clos Saint Urbain is marked by extreme smokiness often associated with this site, along with struck flint notes of a reductive sort that it exhibited also in cask. Grapefruit rind pungency and pineapple prickle inform a lean, bright, faintly oily palate and the wine lunges for your palate in the finish, gripping tightly with salt, iodine, peat, Szechuan pepper, and citrus oils. This, Humbrecht agrees, might be thought of as a marriage of the 2001 and 1996 renditions, except that it’s cleaner then either. You can expect it to need 6-8 years to reveal its true potential and to be a 15 or more year keeper...93" WA 04/10

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