Zind Humbrecht 2015 | Single Vineyard & Grand Cru Alsace

March 23rd 2017

Olivier Humbrecht was the first Frenchman to pass the Master of Wine exams, and has risen to the status of titan amongst the world’s winemakers. His family domaine, Zind Humbrecht in Turkheim, is a leading estate in Alsace with enviable holdings across the region’s diverse soil types and grand cru parcels. After challenging vintages in 2012, 2013 and 2014, Alsace has reaped the rewards of a glorious growing season in 2015.
Zind-HumbrechtOlivier visited a few weeks ago to show us the newly bottled vintage and was enthused about the combination of ripeness and structure already apparent in the young wines. It was certainly a warm year, but unlike other famously hot vintages, a well-timed drenching in August gave the grapes supreme phenolic maturity and maintained a good level of acidity. As a result, Olivier expects the wines to drink well from youth and to have a long life ahead of them, with a freshness that should persist into old age.

We have put together this pre-shipment offer of 6 of our favourite cuvées from the tasting, across the great grapes of Alsace: Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.

All come from two of the domaine’s monopole vineyards: Clos Windsbuhl is a cool, late-ripening 5.5 hectare limestone parcel in Hunawihr, whilst Clos St Urbain is a small monopole within Alsace’s most southerly Grand Cru, Rangen de Thann. Its fearsomely steep volcanic soils produce exquisite wines with long lingering finishes.

Olivier has offered an exclusive mixed 6 pack of these brilliant wines for Goedhuis clients, so if you are torn between which to go for, or are interested to try all six for yourself, this would be the one to go for. All the wines are available in 6 bottle cases as well.

The domaine has also offered a limited number of three Rieslings in magnums: Clos Windbuhl, Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru, and Brand Grand Cru.

2015 is a superb vintage in this often misunderstood and overlooked region. There couldn’t be a better time to dive in.

2015 Mixed Case
£275.00 per 6 IB / £345.59 per 6 inc VAT

1 x Clos Windsbuhl Riesling 1 x Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Riesling
1 x Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris 1 x Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Pinot Gris
1 x Clos Windsbuhl Gewurz 1 x Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Gewurz

2015 Mixed Case Riesling Magnums (limited)
£320.00 per 3 magnums IB / £399.59 per 3 magnums inc VAT

1x Clos Windsbuhl Riesling
1x Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Riesling
1x Brand Grand Cru Riesling


2015 Clos Windsbuhl Riesling
£229.00 per 6 IB / £290.39 per 6 inc VAT
The cool calcareous soils of Clos Windbuhl have produced a racy Riesling with a precise line of tingling acidity, and notes of spice and dried pineapple. This late ripening single vineyard makes detailed examples of Alsace. The vibrant acidity makes the long finish feel dry and refreshing. Drink 2017 – 2028, Goedhuis & Co

Intense yellow in color, the 2015 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl is deep, clear, pure, ripe and rich on the nose, with smoky and toasty (speck) aromas and lovely fresh lemon flavors. Coming from pure, thinner limestone soils, this is a tension-filled, pure and salty, but also rich and lush Riesling with great tension. Still closed but highly elegant, full of finesse and tension, this Riesling is provided with great length and aging potential. The 2015 Windsbuhl is going to be bottled with 12.4 grams of residual sugar and 12.3% alcohol. Fine tannins and grip here. Gorgeous, but keep it for ten years or more. So pure, so salty, so fresh and finessed. 94 points, robertparker.com

2015 Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris
£229.00 per 6 IB / £290.39 per 6 inc VAT
The aromatics of this 2015 are pitched perfectly. It has a floral richness, but no headiness. This is followed by what Olivier describes as typical of all his 2015 Pinot Gris – a blend of delicacy and structure on the palate. Drink 2017 – 2025, Goedhuis & Co

The 2015 Pinot Gris Clos Windsbuhl opens clear and fine on the nose, with smoky/dusty flavors of crushed stones. Round and elegant, with a lush fruit, it still has precision and structure. This is a grippy and salty/vibrant wine with fine tannins, 10.8 grams of residual sugar and 13.17% alcohol. 92 points, robertparker.com

2015 Clos Windsbuhl Gewurztraminer
£229.00 per 6 IB / £290.39 per 6 inc VAT
Gewurz can sometimes suffer from overblown richness, heavy alcohol, and sickly perfume: not here. This is 12.5% abv, floral on the nose, and dancing with exotic spice, rose petals and fresh mango on the palate. Residual sugar gives this late picked style a long, lingering sweetness, but the vintage’s natural freshness keeps it light on its feet. Drink 2017 – 2026, Goedhuis & Co

The 2015 Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl is in fact a Vendange Tardive that was picked at 16.66% potential alcohol, since it stopped fermentation at 12.5% and 70.7 grams of residual sugar. However, Oliver did did not announce that he would produce a VT in the Windsbuhl, so he isn’t allowed to sell this wine as a such. Even without the Vendange Tardive predicate, the 2015 is a great and age-worthy Gewurz that is rich, sweet and concentrated but enormously well structured. It is made for long-term bottle aging of 10, 20 or 30 years. 95 points, robertparker.com

2015 Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Riesling
£316.00 per 6 IB / £394.79 per 6 inc VAT
From Alsace’s most southerly Grand Cru, grown on perilously steep volcanic soils at an elevation of 350-450 metres. This combination of factors makes Rangen de Thann a later-ripening site with a long growing season. The volcanic soils give the wines of Clos St Urbain a distinctive flinty, smoky aroma, with a saline ripple and twist of fresh lime on the palate. This is a complex wine is deep and flavourful, with many layers waiting to unfurl over time. Drink 2018 – 2030, Goedhuis & Co

The 2015 Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain opens pure, deep and cool; it is very fresh and stony, as if a giant had crushed lava! On the palate this is a silky textured, yet firmly structured wine that shows fine tannins rather than acidity. The latter plays the first fiddle only in the finish, which is salty, pure and finessed, provided with great tension and an endless flow of wet stones. It is, perhaps, less dramatic than the Brand, but even more balanced and elegant at this early moment. So pure and vital! 94-96 points, robertparker.com

2015 Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Pinot Gris
£316.00 per 6 IB / £394.79 per 6 inc VAT
An off-dry style of Pinot Gris from this magnificent vineyard. The late ripening position gives gorgeously ripe peachy flavours. It is perfumed with flinty notes, and there is the delicate viscosity of Pinot Gris character on the palate which is both concentrated and precise. Drink 2018 – 2028, Goedhuis & Co

Harvested at ripe 15% potential alcohol, the golden-yellow 2015 Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain shows the purity and flintiness of its terroir combined with an unreal freshness for the 2015 vintage. On the palate this wine is exploding with tension. It is lush and vibrant, round and structured. Tasted as a sample in February 2017. 94-95 points, robertparker.com

2015 Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain Grand Cru Gewurztraminer
£316.00 per 6 IB / £394.79 per 6 inc VAT
A paradigm of this complex and distinctive grape. Volcanic soils allow the wine to express the smoky tones of Gewurz. The fruit profile leans towards orange and bergamot. The texture on the palate is supremely smooth, and its finish is impressively long. Drink 2017 – 2029, Goedhuis & Co

2015 Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain has a pure and flinty bouquet of white ripe fruit aromas. Full-bodied, this is a rich, fresh and tension-filled wine with fine yet grippy tannins and lots of salt. Very intense, yet with moderate sweetness. The finish is clear, almost dry due to its minerality. 94+ points, robertparker.com