2015 Riesling Brand Zind-Humbrecht

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Average critic rating : 95.5 points



From granite soils, Humbrecht's 2015 Riesling Brand is terribly pure, fine and highly precise, delivering crushed stones and lemon perfume, as if it were another Sommerberg. Exciting! On the palate, this is a lush yet pure, intense and ripe, yet mineral and piquant Riesling; it has great elegance, noble intensity and great terroir expression. What a stimulating richness but also purity here, a beautifully fine tannin grip (as if it was Pinot Noir), and a long and persistent finish. This is a must buy of the vintage. Olivier compares the 2015 to 1983, which was also a very warm year and delivered elegant wines. This is pure, rich, lean, piquant and mineral, very stony, lush and fruity. Most of all, it is full of energy and fascination! A must buy!

Arguably the leading producer in Alsace , Olivier Humbrecht of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht focusses on showcasing the specificity of vineyard sites, owning just single vineyards, including grand cru sites. The ability of the estate to produce wines reflective of their terroir is second to none.

The style of the domaine is also very distinctive, we know of no other Alsace wines that have the cleanliness, precision and freshness that these wines have; indeed, we believe they are stylistically quite different from anything else in Alsace – taste them blind and they are very difficult to place!

Olivier draws on his depth of knowledge (he was the first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine) and experience to challenge and improve his wines each vintage. This focus has transformed the winery with new viticultural techniques, the expansion of the estate, conversion to organic and biodynamic culture and use of workhorses. He is committed to his project and to explaining the wines of Alsace to the consumer, for instance the sweetness index Olivier created, which can be found on all Zind-Humbrecht post 2001 bottles.

This index attempts to combine the residual sugars, alcohol, acidity and overall structure of the wine to better understand the style and with what it’d be best served with:

1: Dry (<2 to 6g/l)

2: Off dry, the sugars aren’t apparent on the palate but there is a roundness

3: Off dry, more sweetness in young wines which fades with age

4: Sweet

5: Very sweet, close to late harvest (>45g/l)

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