2016 Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal VT

Vendange Tardive
The Jebsal is a lieu-cadastré, registered on the cadastral plan as a surface of 1.3ha in the commune of Turckheim. For a long time the Jebsal had been divided into many smaller plots of vines with multiple owners. The last written reference of Jebsal dates back to a deed of sale from the 16th century. Located on a steep escarpment, the Jebsal was left abandoned until 1982 when Leonard Humbrecht finally managed to reunite all the small parcels and restore the lieu-dit to its entirety. The vineyard was planted in 1983 to Pinot Gris and the first vintage to be commercialised was the 1987. The name Jebsal refers to the place where we find gypsum, the important geological component of this vineyard.

The Clos Jebsal lies on a geological fault of grey marl limestone, Keuper, rich in clay and gypsum and is situated just below the Brand Grand Cru. This small Clos (1.3ha) with its very steep slope (50%) and numerous terraces has a due south exposition. The Clos Jebsal benefits from a very warm and unbelievably precocious microclimate. Its location at the foot of the Brand Grand Cru means that it is hidden and protected from the northerly winds by the hill of Brand.
The deep, rich soil takes a long time to warm up creating the optimal conditions for a good maturation process and the characteristic balanced acidity of this locality. By virtue of its location and soil, it has been possible to ascertain over the years that this locality has a real aptitude for developing noble rot. Each vintage from 1989 onward has either been a Late Harvest, Vendange Tardive or a Selection of Noble Grapes, SGN. The rich, sweet character of the wines from Jebsal is an important component of this terroir. (OH)
Turckheim,,,, Alsace, FRANCE
Wine Style
Dominant Grape
Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio
Farming Style
Closure Style
drink or keep
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97 points, Ian D`Agata, vinous.com, January 2019
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Ian D`Agata

Luminous golden yellow. Remarkably concentrated and perfumed nose of crystallized papaya, fresh mango, cinnamon, peach and marmalady botrytis. Enters dense and sweet, the luscious flavors of peach and mango lifted by lemony acidity. Finishes long and very bright, with a rising element of bitter orange marmalade. Boasts 128 g/L r.s. and harmonious acidity; the grapes were mostly passerillé as there was less noble rot than usual in 2016. This is the first SGN Humbrecht has made since 2011. My score is an average between the nose (99) and the palate (95). 97 points

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