2018 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Roche Calcaire

Racy biodynamic Alsace Riesling based on limestone soils (calcaire in French). Minerally-charged but with silky luscious fruit, from one of the world's top Riesling producers.

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An Alsace Riesling of great verve and presence, though it needs a bit of time to open up.

From vines planted over sixty years ago in the Humbrecht's home village of Gueberschwihr, on deep limestone soil. This gives the wine both acidity and power, due to a longer ripening cycle.

Luscious stone fruits are revealed after some initial smokiness, with crisp grapefruit and citrus following on. Succulent and racy with consistent acidity.

Biodynamic brilliance that could cellar for a decade plus.

The core of this wine originates from 7 little vineyards located all around the village of Gueberschwihr. For the past few years, we added the tiny production of the young vines of Riesling planted in the Hengst vineyard. Gueberschwihr enjoys a slightly less precocious climate, most vineyards facing east on a gentle slope. The limestone based soils are deep, rich and benefit from excellent water retention capacity. The vines never go under water stress here. The cooler limestone brings a structure based on a crisp acidity and a broader palate. The wines do age very well and actually take some time to open up. These vineyards are very consistent, and even in 2018, they were able to produce a very classic wine from beautiful healthy grapes. The fermentation took a long time to finish, probably the influence of a lower pH, but the wild yeasts managed to go to the end.

94 Points - "Still very young, this needs some aeration for the acacia, lemon-cream and beeswax notes to emerge. On the medium-to full-bodied palate there’s a great marriage of creaminess and ripeness, then the wine flips in the chalky direction, the mineral character building impressively at the long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2020." - James Suckling (JamesSuckling.com)

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