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

Alsace, France

A jaw-dropping Riesling from a jaw-dropping Grand Cru Alsace vineyard.

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$195.00

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This dry riesling masterpiece is full of seeming contradictions that give it a sense of mystery you very rarely find.

98 Points - James Suckling

About the Wine

Create an idealised vision of a dramatic Alsatian vineyard, and chances are what you picture in Rangen de Thann. Impressive topography with a very steep slope and a commanding position above the old town of Thann and the river Thur that runs at the foot of the vineyard. The climate is also unique. The vines enjoy lots of sun energy on the south facing slope, but the higher altitude and cold air running down the deep and cold Thur valley makes it actually quite late ripening.

Complex flinty aromas, smoke, crushed rocks and a strong sense of minerality fighting with some beautiful ripe white fruits. On the palate, it coats the entire mouth with sheer mineral intensity in a very complex manner.

Long, powerful, intense, with endless presence, simply Alsatian perfection.

 

About Domaine Zind Humbrecht

Current winemaker Olivier Humbrecht is the latest custodian of this famous Domaine which has an unbroken winemaking lineage in Alsace since 1620.

Also an MW, Olivier was the first French winemaker to attain this prestigious title and remains one of the few global winemakers who have committed to this intense and some would say insane pursuit.

One of the hallmarks of every Zind-Humbrecht wine has been its overriding sense of terroir; their focus on their vineyard sites is paramount, with every aspect of their winemaking and viticulture tailored to that goal. Since 2002 they have been certified both organic and biodynamic.

 

One of Zind Humbrechts grand cru vineyards
One of Zind Humbrechts grand cru vineyards
Rangen Vineyard, Alsace, France
Additional Info

From the Producer

The Rangen produces wines with a unique and extraordinary originality. Volcanic wines may be fashionable, but this vineyard has proven greatness as far as the history of the town goes, and that goes back to the 11th century! Very small crop in 2019 due to some millerandage, but the grapes looked fantastic and ended up with a rare concentration. The fermentation took forever to finish, but the wine is eventually fully dry.

 

Blend : Riesling (100%)
ABV : 13%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2050
Bottle Size : 750ml

Winemaker Olivier Humbrecht MW
Winemaker Olivier Humbrecht MW
Amongst the vines, Alsace France
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

98Points
JamesSuckling.com

"This dry riesling masterpiece is full of seeming contradictions that give it a sense of mystery you very rarely find. So rich and concentrated, yet also astonishingly vivid and precise, the aromas range from smoke to roses, although the most obvious note is the peachy one up front. Breathtakingly long and complete finish with so much mineral complexity. From biodynamically grown grapes." - JamesSuckling.com

97Points
Decanter

"Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann produces some of the best wines from the domaine, and certainly the most powerful. The astonishing bouquet shows smoky, flinty, calcareous, spring flowers and orchard fruits aromas. What power and complexity! The palate is also impressive, with some depth, power, a full-bodied texture and a vibrant finish. The acidity is perfectly balanced. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this singular and stunning wine close up after one or two years in bottle. It should see its 20th birthday in fine form." - Yohan Castaing (Decanter) 

Delivery

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