In Alsace, Olivier is the 13th in the line of Humbrecht winemakers. The Humbrecht family have been making wines exclusively from their own vineyards since 1658. Domaine Zind Humbrecht itself began in 1959 with the marriage of Leonard Humbrecht to Genevieve Zind and the subsequent merging of their vineyards.
The Humbrechts are a family of vintners with a passion for wine growing and the great wines of Alsace. The Domaine now owns over 28 hectares of vineyards in the Haut-Rhin Department. These include:
Zind Humbrecht is known for its attention to terroir and its commitment to low yields which allow difference in microclimate, soil and subsoil to come through in the wine. They are passionate believers in treating their wines as little as possible, fermenting and ageing them in large wooden vats rather than in stainless steel.
The multitude of soil types in Alsace is the main factor to the originality of each wine and can be clearly distinguished at tasting. Zind Humbrecht wines are characterised by their brilliant colour, varying from fresh green to deep yellow hues. Their intense fruity bouquet, enhanced by carefully controlled low temperature fermentation, is unique and peculiar to Alsace soil and varies with each grape variety. On the palate, the wines are dry, flavourful and possess all the richness and character of the individual vineyard from which each comes and which gives its name, whether named vineyard or Grand Cru.
Gravelly soil on valley floor.
Elegant combination of exotic fruits, citrus and light rose aromas, very typical of this precocious vineyard. There is an agreeable false sense of sweetness, very inviting, but the palate comes a total surprise. The wine has an elegant power, tastes dry with a smooth finish.
Humbrecht have been producing wines in Alsace since 1620, although the present Domaine was only created in 1959 when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind. Leonard has made his mark on the world of wine, turning out truly splendid wines year after year. His son, Olivier, has not hidden behind his father’s achievements; he was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine and has great skill and continues to produce an astonishing array of high quality wines. Today it is unquestionably one of the star estates, producing rich and expressive wines that reflect their individual sites and terroirs.
A unique wine from Alsace with Chardonnay included in the blend. This wine has a rich mouth feel and good acidity.
The Heimbourg is a small 9ha vineyard located on the east of Turckheim. It lies on a steep calcareous hillside, whose exposition turns from south to west. The south side, which is the warmest and steepest part, is planted with the Riesling grape..
The Heimbourg develops rich ripe fruity aromas mixed with classic minerals. It is a very complex nose. The vines are finally exploring the best part of the soil and this also shows on the palate: powerful, intense, well balanced with a ripe acidity and a long dry finish.
Herrenweg means the ‘soldiers road’ in reference to the old romaine road that linked Colmar to the other side of the Vosges. The Herrenweg is our most precocious vineyard because it benefits from the Colmar specific climate (driest and warmest in Alsace) and also the soil, made of pebbles and fine sands, drains easily and therefore warms up very quickly. As temperatures at roots level are more influential on precocity than temperatures at leaves level, it explains why any grape variety on the estate is always harvested first in the Herrenweg.
The nose shows a surprising nice minerality for the Herrenweg, usually fruitier and simpler. Yields are also very small! The palate has the structure of a tight limestone Riesling, with a crisp saline acidity. Low residual sugars, so the finish is quite dry and long.
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