2015 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Clos Hauserer

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The Clos Haüserer lies at the foot of the Hengst Grand Cru, on a gentle easterly slope. Léonard Humbrecht succeeded in creating a single parcel of 1.1 ha along the border of the rural agricultural path, Haüserweg and in 1973 planted the Clos Haüserer exclusively to Riesling. This large plot is principally situated in the lieu-dit of Unterersoedlen, just outside the boundary of the Grand Cru Hengst; however a small part of the parcel is located within the lieu-dit Soedlen in the Grand Cru (which is quite possibly the best part of Hengst). The baptism of Clos Haüserer is a reference to the small stone walls which forms three of the sides and the rural path, Haüserweg, which runs along the final boundary. We find ruins of ancient Roman villas in parts of the Hengst and this path, the Haüserweg, signifies path or way to the houses or villas. The subsoil is identical to that of the Hengst, that is, marl and limestone from the Oligocene period. Due to this vineyard’s location in a small basin at the lower end of the slope, various elements have been deposited on the surface following erosion forming a gentle colluvial slope. The substrate Oligocene limestone is located at 1 to 2m below the surface, covered by a thick layer of marl which guarantees thriving conditions for the vines. In its youth this parcel was more prone to an excess of vigour, however by patiently waiting for the roots to penetrate into the depths of the soil, and through increasing the vine competition and adequately managing the viticulture, the vines have attained a balance. With the deep, established root system, this terroir excels in warm vintages as it preserves acidity. Clos Haüserer enjoys a varied and unique microclimate due to its situation in a small basin at the bottom of the slope and the fact that it is protected from wind. It can be an anomaly as it is a terroir as it can either be very warm or very cool. (OH)
Wintzenheim,,,, Alsace, FRANCE
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Dominant Grape
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drink or keep
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93-94 points, Stephan Reinhardt, robertparker.com, February 2017

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2015 Zind Humbrecht Riesling Clos Hauserer

Media Reviews

Stephan Reinhardt

Like in 2013 and 2014, the 2015 Riesling Clos Häuserer also stopped fermentation earlier than expected. The soil is deep and cold here and the grapes need more time to ripen than the Heimbourg. It was picked on September 11 at 14% potential alcohol and ended at 12.9% alcohol with 18 grams of residual sugar. The pH was 2.76 on the juice and, after the malolactic fermentation and one and a half years of aging, still at pH 2.93; Olivier thinks this might be a reason to stop the fermentation as is the picking date. "Maybe we should have picked it a few days earlier?" The 2015 opens intense and creamy, with yeasty and spicy, almost oriental flavors. Round, lush and vital on the palate, this is a well structured, finely tannic white with a bit of a red wine character. The finish is pure and piquant, lush, intense and absolutely gorgeous! Tasted from the fine lees in February 2017. 93-94 points

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