2019 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Clos Saint Urbain

Highly Rated
A concentrated, dry, and powerful Alsatian Grand Cru Pinot Gris.

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The Rangen Grand Gru is a vineyard known for its large black volcanic rocks (Grauwackes) that were formed from a volcanic explosion 350 million years ago (give or take a year or 2).

Young vines struggle to grow in this rocky soil, but with time, the roots can eventually reach the richer deeper layers, and bringing complexity to the wines. With these vines now over 50 y/o, this depth is showcased with this wine.

Reductive and smoky on the nose, this wine is intense and tightly coiled. With air it opens and starts to showcase its power; classic flinty aromas but also some discreet white fruits aromas. Vibrant and powerful, yet, with decades left to evolve.

The 2019 Pinot-Gris Rangen was harvested towards the end of September. We aimed for healthy ripe grapes, but with a balance that could achieve a dry wine. Most vineyards planted in Pinot-Gris in Alsace often require a high potential to be expressive. The Rangen, with the impact of its soil and very low natural yields, can actually also produce concentrated and flavourful wines without sweetness, as the past vintages have demonstrated.

98 Points - "So spicy and smoky with a hint of mushroom, this is an enormously deep and concentrated dry pinot gris that's just beginning to open up. With some aeration, ripe melon character is added to the expansive picture. Tons of spice at the imposing, dry finish and just a hint of raisin. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drinkable now, but better from 2023." - JamesSuckling.com

91 Points - "The 2019 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Pinot Gris is slightly reduced right now. But with air, the bouquet shows white fruits aromas, with spices and herbs notes. The palate is perfectly balanced, with both elegant and delicate smoky aromas. Very pure and elegant, it is a very nice interpretation of Pinot Gris on this magnificent terroir. It will age admirably for the next decade." - Yohan Castaing (Decanter)

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