2014 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Heimbourg

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The Heimbourg of Turckheim is a small vineyard sloping 35% to the west, facing the east side of the Brand, then turning abruptly towards the south with the slope increasing to over 50%. Climatically, this hillside enjoys a lengthy period of evening sunshine, because thanks to its position facing the Munster valley, the vines are not in the shade of the Vosges Mountains. The west side is a late-ripening area, the grapes ripen slowly, always retain good acidity and see a late development of noble rot. The south side is naturally a lot warmer and early-ripening (the same goes for the Clos Jebsal), but always benefits from the wind from the valley which prevents the noble rot from developing too early. The soil structure is a clay-limestone substratum (oligocene limestone and interbedded marl) where the yellow or white calcareous rocks are present in large numbers on the surface. We have chosen to plant the Pinot Gris (1.6ha) in the upper part which faces west and has the poorest and stoniest soil. The Gewurztraminer (1ha) lies just below, also facing west. The small south side was planted with Riesling in 1994 (1.15ha) and in 1997 we planted a small parcel of Pinot noir (0.3ha). The wines produced on the Heimbourg are rich, opulent, often spicy and can include noble rot. The slower ripening of the grapes often produces wines that are aromatically expressive from a young age, contrary to its neighbour the Clos Jebsal with whom we have to show patience. The deep limestone substrate remains cool and explains the fine acid structure and beautiful ageing potential of the wines from the Heimbourg. The heterogeneous nature of the terroir leads to a diversity of grape varieties planted in this small cru. The top part of the slope, less fertile and more exposed to the wind is planted to Pinot Gris. (OH)
Origin
Turckheim,,,, Alsace, FRANCE
Colour
white
Wine Style
dry
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Farming Style
biodynamic
Closure Style
cork
Maturity
drink or keep
Bottle Size
75cl
Case Quantity
6
Wine Score
91 points, Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, Feb 2017
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Media Reviews

Stephan Reinhardt

From the upper part of the southwest-facing part of the potential premier cru, Humbrecht`s bright and golden colored 2014 Pinot Gris Heimbourg displays a clear, fresh and even smoky/flinty, really deep and elegant bouquet; there are aromas of super ripe but healthy berries, even shrivelled raisins, a touch of honey and some citrus/grapefruit flavors in the background. Full-bodied, round and elegant, this wine has a piquant, vivacious acidity as well as a good tannin and mineral grip, which structures the lush and fruit-intense palate. The 2014 is a remarkably fine and elegant Pinot Gris that did not ferment fully dry (down to 10.5 grams of residual sugar), but is fully ripe and – despite the fruit fly that caused a very low yield of just 19 hectoliters per hectare – pretty clear, as well as charmingly textured. The finish is long, aromatic and finely structured. Bottled in August 2016 with 12.5% of alcohol, this is a very well balanced and elegant Pinot that should be excellent with food fo r the next 15 years. 91 points

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