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2018 Riesling Clos Häuserer, Zind Humbrecht, Alsace, France


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2018 Riesling Clos Häuserer, Zind Humbrecht, Alsace, France

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OVERVIEW

One of the world's finest Rieslings, the Zind Humbrecht Clos Häuserer is from a single vineyard planted in 1973. With every vintage this Riesling offers exceptional vim and vigour as it matures and is packed with mineral notes from bottling.

A juicy, rewarding palate with a stony minerality plus notes of green apple and fresh lemon and lime dominate the glass. A wine defined by minerality and a zippy acidity that will improve and evolve over time.

CRITIC REVIEWS

With its cornucopia of yellow fruit, floral notes and wet-stone character, this is at once fleshy and enormously structured. Nothing opulent or warm about it at all, though. In fact, the very long finish is decisively cool. You really need some time to take in this embarrassment of riches! From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 96 Points. James Suckling

FOOD PAIRING INSPIRATION

This Riesling is mineral and dry and will pair well with a range of fish and smoked dishes particularly pairs well with Gravadlax and Choucroute.

VINTAGE AND WINEMAKING

This vineyard, the Clos Häuserer, was planted by Léonard Humbrecht in 1973 and takes on the shape of a large square surrounded by walls, hence; Clos. It enjoys a particular micro-climate in deep rich marl soil. This east facing vineyard ripens slowly and produces grapes of high acidity that are slow to ferment and as every year, in 2018 was the last wine at Zind Humbrect to finish fermentation. This dry wine from the excellent, long, warm 2018 vintage will drink beautifully today but should really be held for a decade to enjoy its finest expression.

PRODUCER NOTES

A winemaking family since the 1620s, the domaine Zind Humbrecht was not officially founded until 1959 and today owns 40ha of vines in the Grand Crus of Rangen de Thann (5.5ha), Goldert in Gueberschwihr (0.9ha), Hengst in Wintzenheim (1.4ha) and Brand in Turckheim (2.4ha); as well as the terroirs of Rotenberg (1.8ha) and Clos Häuserer (1.2ha) in Wintzenheim; Herrenweg (11.5ha), Clos Jebsal (1.3ha) and Heimbourg (4ha) in Turckheim and the Clos Windsbuhl (5.15ha) in Hunawihr.

Everything at Zind Humbrect is about exacting standards and taking the finest fruit and the correct length of time to tease out the finest expression from all the noble varities. There is a high ratio of staff at Zind Humbrect to carry out the biodynamic and organic principles that go into their winemaking with most viticultrual tasks carried out manually and with the aid of horses in the vineyard too.

The result of this time, care and attention is perfectly ripe fruit meeting exemplary, vinification techniques with the resulting output some of the finest wines produced anywhere in the world.

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SERVICE AND STORAGE TIPS

The wine will evolve over the coming decades and take on delicious tertiary characteristics of Riesling but can be enjoyed young too, drink from now to 2040.

This wine should be served lightly chilled.

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2018 Riesling Clos Häuserer, Zind Humbrecht, Alsace, France

Wine Card
Wine Producer Zind Humbrecht
Wine Region Alsace
Wine Classification Alsace AOC
Wine Type White
Grape Variety Riesling
Vintage 2018
Vintage Quality Outstanding - Parker
Maturity Drinking Now & Will Improve
Body Mid Bodied
Sweetness Dry
Alcohol % 13%
Bottle Type Alsace 75cl
Serving Temperature 7-12°C
Food Pairing Fish, Choucroute, Creamy Sauces
Awards 96 Points - James Suckling

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