Domaine Zind Humbrecht is unquestionably one of the finest white wine producers in the world, and the release of their Grand Cru vineyard holdings in Alsace are highly anticipated in every vintage. Therefore we are thrilled to be able to offer the complete Grand Cru trio of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer (three of Alsace’s four Noble Grapes) of their most recent 2018 vintage from their very finest monopole vineyard site, the Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain. The 2018 Clos Saint Urbain Pinot Gris, a wine which Ian D’Agata of Vinous has firmly asserted as, “the world’s greatest dry Pinot Gris” has already been awarded a top score of 98 Points from James Suckling who describes it as, “brimming with smoke, caramelized-pear, cooked-quince and mushroom aromas. Very deep and ripe, but with spot-on harmony, the hint of grape sweetness beautifully woven into its rich and very complex texture. Astonishing finish that’s creamy and salty, smoky and stony all at once.”
Offering a different expression of the same brilliance, the 2018 Clos Saint Urbain Riesling has also been awarded 97 points by Suckling, who admired it as, “A unique dry riesling with an astonishing combination of mini banana, mirabelle, baking spice and sea salt. Super concentrated and super elegant.” Finally completing this Grand Cru trio is the flagship grape of Alsace, the 2018 Clos Saint Urbain Gewürztraminer, also awarded 97 points from Suckling, who highlights, “This is so smoky with complex, exotic-fruit aromas and wild-herb notes. The caramel and buttery richness of the palate is beautifully balanced by the salty and smoky character that dominates the long finish.” Each of these exceptional wines are available today for just £285 per case of 6 IB. Also available today is a special offering for a case of each for £825. this comes highly recommended and allows you to compare and contrast three of the finest white wines produced in all of Alsace.
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht is one of the most acclaimed producers of white wines in the world, with vinicultural roots back to 1620. Domaine Zind-Humbrecht itself was created in 1959, following the marriage of Leonard Humbrecht to Genevieve Zind and they soon became a vanguard of the region by focusing on low yields, biodynamic viticulture and minimal intervention. Their dedication to low yields allows for grapes with a stunning natural balance of sugar and acidity, producing wines of exceptional precision and finesse.
Today the Domaine is overseen by Olivier Humbrecht, the very first French Master of Wine, who produces an outstanding range featuring the very best of Alsace’s noble grape varieties from the 40 hectares of vineyards. Of their five Grand Crus sites it is the 5.5 hectare walled monopole, Clos Saint Urbain, located within the Grand Cru Rangen Vineyard, which is undoubtedly their most renowned. Clos Saint Urbain produces an exceptional single variety cuvée of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris each and every vintage. Saint Urbain is notably the Patron Saint of vineyards and within the Clos sits a 15th century chapel dedicated in his name. The 2018 vintage was an unusual one in Alsace where they received a year’s worth of rain in just the first seven months. However, by summer the warm sunshine had arrived to save the day followed by a long Indian summer which allowed for ample time for each of the region’s grape varieties to reach their peak phenolic ripeness with only a slight dip in acidity levels.