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2022 Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace

We always look forward to the release of the new vintage from Olivier Humbrecht MW at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Alsace, so we are delighted that the latest 2022 releases receive excellent scores from the critics, including 100 points from James Suckling for the Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Pinot Gris.  

The value and quality offered by the grands crus, in particular, is extraordinary, with the vines grown on centuries-old sites, composed of highly complex soils thrown up by the steep slopes of the Vosges mountains.

The 2022 growing season saw hot weather in May and June, with further high temperatures in the summer months, but with all-important rain in August.  Hydric stress led to a physiological shutdown in the vines in some areas, preserving acidity.  The concentration of the crop due to low water levels further helped to retain acidity, as we also saw in Burgundy

The vintage also led to fruit with low levels of nitrogen, essential for fermentation. As a result, the fermentations at Zind-Humbrecht (which often take in-excess of 12 months) took even longer than usual, contributing great texture and complexity in the finished wines.  Vinous' Anne Krebiehl MW is an authority on riesling and on German and Alsace wines, and her notes on the wines make for excellent reading, highlighting the balance of concentration and aromatic freshness in the 2022s, particularly in the grands crus. 

Please let us know if you would like to add these superb 2022s to your cellar.

Offered pre-landing, available by January 2025.

 

 

 

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace

Producer Profile

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, Alsace

The Humbrecht family have grown grapes in the great terroirs of Alsace since 1620.  Domaine Zind Humbrecht was created in 1959 and today owns 40ha of vines in the Grand Crus of Rangen de Thann (5.5ha), Goldert in Gueberschwihr (0.9ha), Hengst in Wintzenheim (1.4ha) and Brand in Turckheim (2.4ha); as well as the terroirs of Rotenberg (1.8ha) and Clos Häuserer (1.2ha) in Wintzenheim; Herrenweg (11.5ha), Clos Jebsal (1.3ha) and Heimbourg (4ha) in Turckheim and the Clos Windsbuhl (5.15ha) in Hunawihr.

As well as being winemaker at the family domaine, Olivier Humbrecht became the first French Master of Wine, in 1989, at the age of just 26.

The expression of terroir, conveyed through grape varieties of Alsace, is reinforced by cultivating the vines organically and according to biodynamic principles. Great lengths are gone to each growing season to produce the best quality grapes from each vineyard. As respect for the vine and soil life is imperative, the viticultural tasks are carried out by a team of 22 dedicated staff members. The high ratio of vineyard worker to vineyard surface enables an attention to detail and the execution of many of the viticultural tasks manually. In addition, animal traction and the use of their own compost help to reduce the impact of mechanical compaction on the soils.  Fermentations are very slow, and the wines spend a minimum of 6 months on the total lees

 

WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 75cl £252 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
2022 / / 75cl
£252 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"I love the subtle floral honey, ripe grapefruit and shiso leaf aromas of this super-elegant and creamy, full-bodied gewurz that is so unique you might well not recognize the grape variety. What delicacy and vitality at the long, silky finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 96 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru 75cl £257 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru
2022 / / 75cl
£257 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Dense nose of papayas, persimmons and gunpowder. Huge concentration on the medium- to full-bodied palate, but it is as fresh as it is lush. Terrific energy at the bold and clean finish. There is a touch of sweetness in there somewhere, but you barely notice it. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 96 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 75cl £194 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal
2022 / / 75cl
£194 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Welcome to the wild side of pinot gris, but don’t imagine for a second that this is a lush wine. In spite of all the power, this is super-cool and tense. If you have the patience, then let yourself sink into this incredibly dense and compact dry wine. Massive dark minerality in the extremely long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 97 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru 75cl £346 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru
2022 / / 75cl
£346 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Step into this incredible dry pinot gris kaleidoscope and it could be difficult to get out again. Exotic, spicy, smoky, but also with a cool, herbal side, this defies every easy definition. Gigantic, concentrated and crazily vibrant on the full-bodied palate. Totally off the scale freshness at the lightning-strike finish. Although this is from a grape variety that theoretically is low in acidity, it has the highest acidity of any wine from this producer in 2022. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 100 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Pinot Gris Rotenberg 75cl £194 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Pinot Gris Rotenberg
2022 / / 75cl
£194 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Smoky and delicately exotic with touches of bergamot and gunpowder, this is a super-elegant dry pinot gris that shows what this grape is capable of. Tremendous textural complexity in the very long, silky finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 95 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Riesling Brand Grand Cru 75cl £325 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Riesling Brand Grand Cru
2022 / / 75cl
£325 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"A great masterpiece of finesse. It’s hard to adequately describe the beauty of this dry riesling that marries breathtaking stone fruit aromas with an incredible freshness to create an overwhelmingly elegant and cool whole. Let yourself sink into the deep well of its staggering minerality at the almost endless finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 99 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Riesling Clos Hauserer 75cl £227 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Riesling Clos Hauserer
2022 / / 75cl
£227 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"This great dry riesling effortlessly combines stunningly refined stone fruit aromas with a fantastic concentration and delicacy. The grapefruit freshness at the super-vibrant finish underlines all of this beautifully. So delicious now, but also great aging potential. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 96 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Riesling Heimbourg 75cl £196 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Riesling Heimbourg
2022 / / 75cl
£196 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"Very smoky and chalky, this remarkable pinot gris has power and concentration, yet is emphatically dry on the medium- to full-bodied palate. Such a zesty freshness in the long, elegant finish, where there’s a touch of tobacco leaves. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 94 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru 75cl £380 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru
2022 / / 75cl
£380 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"All the yellow and fresh tropical fruit of the world is packed into this exceptionally complex and mind-blowingly intense wine that pushes the envelope of minerality all the way, and then some. If that isn’t your thing, then get off the bus, but for friends of very focused, stony wines this is a staggering experience. The smoky, salty and spicy finish is really extraordinary. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 98 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)
WHITE 2022 Zind Humbrecht - Riesling Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru 75cl £380 per case of 6 Zind Humbrecht
Riesling Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru
2022 / / 75cl
£380 per case of 6
IB
Tasting Notes"What a totally fascinating and exhilaratingly mineral dry riesling this is. An expansive spectrum of citrus and stone fruit aromas and flavors wash over you in a great wave on the very concentrated and focused palate. Sensational crushed-rock finish that doesn’t want to let go. From five small plots of more than 50-year-old vines in this great but underrated site. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. 98 points" jamesuckling.com (SP)

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