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The 2021 vintage from Dönnhoff

One of the vinous highlights of the year for us is the release of the latest vintages from Olivier Humbrecht MW at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace.  Every year, the expression of identity and terroir in his top cuvées reminds us of why we fell in love with wine.  The latest 2021 vintage has just been released, in very limited quantities, with scores from 95-100 points from

Alsace produces some of the world's greatest white wines and Olivier is one of its greatest winemakers.  The value and quality offered (by the grands crus, in particular) are extraordinary, grown on centuries-old sites, composed of highly complex soils thrown up by the steep slopes of the Vosges mountains.

If you are unsure where to start with this range of wines, it's worth noting that Humbrecht's white winemaking style is savoury and terroir-driven.  Perhaps you have encountered varieties like Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer and found them highly perfumed, without the structure we associate with styles like white burgundy...but Olivier's wines are quite different.

Rather than a 'varietal' style of winemaking, Humbrecht's whites tend to express their sense of place first and foremost.  With their naturally pronounced acidity and influence of white grape tannins, which Humbrecht likes to emphasise, these wines have marvellous tension.  This is particularly true of the cool, elegant 2021s; wines with beautiful minerality.   As well as having excellent structure and expressing the identity of Alsace so brilliantly, these are 'food wines' par excellence and will enhance so many different foods.  

Alongside the lieux-dits and grands crus, for the second year, we are offering the 'Zind' Chardonnay Auxerrois, equal in quality to some of the best domaine-bottled Bourgogne Blancs.  Classified as a humble 'Vin de France', because Chardonnay is not permitted to be labelled under the Alsace appellation, this is from an excellent limestone-dominated vineyard and is great value at just £115 per six in bond!

You can read more about Domaine Zind-Humbrecht at the foot of our offer, below.

Offered pre-landing, available by January 2024.


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