Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Turckheim 2016

$43.99 per single bottle
Size: 750

About This Wine

Bright yellow colour. The nose is showing ripe honeyed, slightly toasted aromatics. One could almost feel that this wine saw some fresh oak, but no, it spent 12 months in classic old foudres. The palate is velvety, elegant, almost soft, yet finishing very dry. It is actually rare to be able to make such delicate style of Pinot-Gris that still have such aromatic presence. There is a slight presence of skin tannins that add to the structure without creating any difficulty to enjoy this wine now. Extremely food friendly and drinkable right now!
Type White Wine
Varietal(s) Pinot Gris/Grigio
Country France
Region Alsace
Brand Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
Vintage 2016

Alsatian wine

Alsace is a unique wine region in North Eastern France, bordering Germany and having also been under German control for much of its existence. Due to this influence, unlike other French regions, wines from Alsace are mostly single varietal bottlings and are also labelled with the variety. They also are legally required to use a tall slimmer bottle called flûtes d'Alsace, that is also commonly seen with German wines.

Almost all the wine produced in the region is white (90%) except for Pinot Noir which is used mainly for sparkling wine. Alsace is most known for its Riesling, which is dry, fresh and floral in its youth but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Following behind is Gewurztraminer with signature spice and beautiful lychee aromatics. The smell of this wine is intoxicating, it is used to make dry but also late harvest dessert wines. Pinot Gris is also a prized variety of the region with its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavours.

In Autumn humidity builds up to facilitate the development of “noble rot” to produce late-picked sweet wines. In Alsace there are two classifications for late harvest wines: Vendange Tardive (VT) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN). VT for regular late harvest wines and SGN meaning grapes affected by noble rot.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Auxerrois, Chasselas and Sylvaner.

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Decanter – Olivier Humbrecht MW is making far drier wines than he used to, and this is a perfect example. It’s focused, pure, confident and perfectly handled, with quince, peach and spice fruit. The precision is absolutely exemplary. Drink 2016-2023.

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