2016 Zind-Humbrecht - The Latest Releases From An Alsatian Legend

There are many things that make Zind Humbrecht's wines an exciting proposition. The sheer dedication and expertise of winemaker Olivier Humbrecht MW is almost enough to sell the wines before you've even tasted them! However, there is no doubt that the wines themselves are spellbinding. Arguably their greatest facet is that they always show real vintage variation and vineyard character - the hallmarks of a great producer. We're delighted to bring you the new set of releases from this remarkable domaine - the 2016 vintage.
 
As a vintage, 2016 produced some exceptional wines despite some confounding weather. Alcohol levels are down almost a full percentage point across all wines and they tend to have more elegance and poise than the more intense 2015s. Overall, the full range is drier than in previous vintages, despite a much later ripening period.

There are many wines to choose from and the full range can be seen on our website but, as always, we have tasted through the full gamut and chosen the wines that we believe best represent the domaine and the vintage. You can read all about these below. 

Overall, yet another stunning offering from Zind-Humbrecht. Their ability to make such exceptional wines never ceases to amaze. All wines are packed in 6 bottle cases, giving you more flexibility to try several different styles.


One of the most immediately enjoyable wines in the line-up this year was the Muscat Goldert (indice 1). Only 2000 bottles were made and it has lovely, fresh pure white fruit and a vibrant acidity. It will be delicious from the moment it arrives.

To our mind, this was a great vintage for Riesling. The Clos Windsbuhl (indice 1) has a savoury edge on the nose yet a Chablisienne character on the palate. A serious wine that will have regular followers of this cru in raptures. Brand (indice 1) is a Grand Cru site and, as in 2015, it really shows its class. The soils here are sandy, the vines old. There is elegance yet an underlying power brooding in the background. A very complete wine, even at this young stage.

Pinot Gris. The Clos Windsbuhl (indice 2) has a touch more sweetness than most in the line up and that helps with the remarkable texture of this wine. Fresh, elegant and finishes dry, this is very true to the typical Windsbuhl style.
 
For Gewürztraminer, the Clos Windsbuhl (indice 4) has a high level of residual sugar by comparison to the rest of the vintage but the citrus backbone running through the wine carries the sweetness very well. This is very complex and super long. In a word - Majestic. The Grand Cru Rangen Clos St Urbain (indice 1) is the driest wine of the whole vintage across all styles. Yields were tiny and, as a result, the volcanic soils scream out. Lots of concentration and tannin.


Minimum Order – 2 x 6 bottle cases
Stock will be available for delivery from November onwards
All prices are in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and delivery


2016 Muscat Goldert

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Alsace2016Muscat Goldert, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT40220.00cs94 JSAdd to Basket
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Pale lemon in colour, the nose here is expressive but subtle, eschewing the overt grapey aromas that can dominate Muscat in favour of subtle floral tones such as peach blossom. Just a touch of cream before a flinty reduction adds a zippy citrus tone. The palate offers a pithy, oily texture but is dry, with only 2g/l residual sugar. The fruit is citrus and stone, packed with floral lift from the bright acidity. There is a touch of struck match on the palate too, which adds a nice layer of complexity. Hints of acacia on the long finish round the wine out beautifully. This is precise, elegant and lifted.

16+ points, Farr Vintners


2016 Rieslings Clos Windsbuhl and Brand

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Alsace2016Riesling Brand, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT36450.00cs98 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Riesling Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT26390.00cs96 JSAdd to Basket
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"WINDSBUHL: A pale lemon-straw in colour, the Clos Windsbuhl site shines through here, with flinty, mineral, petrichor aromas and a little dried citrus. The palate has a wonderful texture, with brisk acidity cutting through layers of lemon curd, white pepper and chalky minerality. The elevage on lees adds weight and reduces the level of bright fruit, bringing more texture and minerality to the wine. This is long, savoury, and subtle; a wonderful, age-worthy Riesling of real character."

17.5+ points, Farr Vintners

"BRAND: A lot of roasted citrus fruits, but the mineral character is stronger. The mineral component keeps the reins in its hand, driving the wine on to a very straight path and keeping it there in spite of higher alcohol (just over 13%) than the other rieslings of this vintage from Zind Humbrecht. Already delicious now, but this has enormous aging potential. Made from biodynamically grown grapes."

98 points, JamesSuckling.com


2016 Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl

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Alsace2016Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT90390.00cs95 JSAdd to Basket
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“10g/l residual sugar here, that can be perceived as a slight sweetness on the palate. Smoky struck flint on the nose here, this is tight, taut and brooding. The palate unfurls the dense core of fruit, with notes of pear and peach. However this is once again more about the non-fruit, with a fantastic oily texture cut through by harmonious but fresh acidity. The chalky notes synonymous with Windsbuhl shine through and build the intrigue of this wine. This is fine, pure and very long on the finish, suggesting great potential for the future."

16.5+ points, Farr Vintners


2016 Gewürztraminers Clos Windsbuhl & Rangen Clos St Urbain

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Alsace2016Gewurztraminer Rangen Clos St Urbain, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT86540.00cs98 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT186390.00cs95 JSAdd to Basket
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"WINDSBUHL: A perennial favourite at Farr Vintners, and the 2016 is no different. The flinty, reductive and spicy nose of dried herbs, peach blossom and acacia is both complex and enticing. The palate has an initial sweetness that justifies its "Indice 4" labelling, but the high acidity cuts through and refreshes the palate, with struck flint and layers of stone fruits coming through in waves. The palate has a chalky, visceral texture that adds to the body without losing tension. Through to the long finish there is an increasing spicy, peppery character that pairs well with notes of dried petals. Another triumph in pairing vineyard and variety."

17.5 points, Farr Vintners

"RANGEN: Smoky and floral with mango peel and candied oranges, making this an extremely unusual gewurztraminer and an amazing dry white. The long mineral finish gets an extra kick from the generous tannins and ends salty and savory. Better from 2019 but there is absolutely no hurry to drink this! Made from biodynamically grown grapes."

98 points, JamesSuckling.com


The Rest Of The Range

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Alsace2016Gewurztraminer Hengst, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT90390.00cs96 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Pinot Gris Rangen Clos St Urbain, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT100540.00cs98 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Pinot Gris Rotenberg, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT100280.00cs93 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Riesling Hauserer, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT50325.00cs95 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Riesling Heimbourg, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT50250.00cs95 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal SDGN, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtHV30600.00cs97 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal SDGN, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT20600.00cs97 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal VT, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtHV20400.00cs96 JSAdd to Basket
Alsace2016Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal VT, Domaine Zind-HumbrechtBT20400.00cs96 JSAdd to Basket
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Minimum Order – 2 x 6 bottle cases
Stock will be available for delivery from November onwards
All prices are in bond, excluding UK duty, VAT and delivery