This remarkable 2007 Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal Sélection de Grains Nobles shows an iridescent golden yellow that dips deep into amber reflections. The nose is caressed by lush aromas of sweet pastry, malt and honey, paired with nuances of light tobacco and a pronounced minerality. The complex scents are complemented by dried fruit and floral accents reminiscent of thyme, broom and chervil.
On the palate, it delights with a wonderful balancing act between sweetness and acidity. Its aroma is characterised by juicy fruits, liquid blossom honey and invigorating herbal notes, which elevate it to an outstanding sweet wine. In its current youth, it is reminiscent of a diamond in the rough that is sure to mature and develop for many years to come.
The grapes at Clos Jebsal ripen early, which allows for careful selection and means less dependence on the weather. Among the 2005 Trockenbeerenauslesen, this wine stands out for its wonderful balance and finesse and promises long ageing potential.
Instead of fancy pairings, I suggest enjoying this exceptional wine with dishes such as crème brûlée with vanilla tobacco, a delicate goat's cheese with fig compote or a Mediterranean orange tart. An apricot and thyme galette could also be a tasty addition to show off this impressive wine in all its diversity.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht, 4 Route de Colmar, 68230 Turckheim / France, Organic certificate: CC-FR-BIO