About the Clos Windsbuhl
The impressive view from Clos Windsbuhl, high above the charming village of Hunawihr, extends to the Alsace valley floor and includes the historic church of Saint-Jacques le Majeur. This vineyard, located near the Vosges forest and at 300/350 metres above sea level, tends to ripen late. The steep east-south exposure and the rocky subsoil - remnants of the Triassic period when the "shell limestone" was formed - also contribute to this. The vines that take root in this barren soil are not very sprawling, but are strongly influenced by the magnesium-rich, mineral-rich rock. This is also evident in the taste and character of their wines.
In 1987, we were unsure whether Gewurztraminer would thrive on this soil, as it needs more sun and warmth. But the old vines surprised us positively and we have succeeded in producing exceptional wines, including this multi-layered Gewurztraminer. Despite a difficult harvest in 2021, this grape variety has again delighted us with a remarkable wine.
A bright, intense golden yellow that awakens the senses.
The Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl 2021 reveals itself as elegant and beguiling, characterised by an incomparable freshness and minerality. Aromas of citrus, orange and grapefruit blend harmoniously with tangy aromas of rosemary, thyme and galangal, resulting in an olfactory firework.
A classic Gewürztraminer, equipped with a salty note and a delicate, underlying sweetness and silky tannins. Its character is lively and fresh and the balancing act between saltiness and fine tannins masterful. It is already a pleasure to drink, but its potential will continue to unfold in the years to come. If you cannot resist the temptation and want to taste it now, you should definitely remember to decant it a day in advance and serve it from large Burgundy glasses at not too low a temperature.
Matching culinary pairings
An endive and grapefruit salad paired with honey-glazed fresh goat cheese harmonises perfectly with the tart and fruity flavours of Gewurztraminer. A grilled turbot with basil oil also perfectly brings out the notes of this wine. For meat lovers, we recommend stuffed lamb with almonds, saffron and couscous. These dishes are rounded off and highlighted by the aromatic and salty facets of the wine.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht, 4 Route de Colmar, 68230 Turckheim / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01