Insight into the wine
Led by Olivier Humbrecht, this Riesling variety only distinguishes itself a little later from the iconic Clos Windsbuhl. From 1760 onwards, this vineyard is best known for its Tokay. The striking feature of this Riesling is its immediate connection to the surrounding terroir, made of shell limestone, a fast-warming dolomitic limestone from the Triassic period. With little soil thickness, the vine roots quickly penetrate the limestone, benefiting from optimal drainage conditions. Positioned high on the vineyard, clearly stonier and facing southeast, the Riesling holds its own. A terroir that hardly needs any additional strength to lend impressive expression. Fresh, intact grapes fully reveal the delicacy and verticality of this terroir, and are able to maintain the austere acidity levels, its main characteristic, in every vintage.
Explanations on the production
In 2021, the Riesling was a little later in budding, with clear implications for potential frost damage. However, the well-draining, rocky soil helped to mitigate the significant rainfall in spring. Although climate change is causing all vineyards to ripen earlier, Windsbuhl remains one of the last to be harvested. Despite strong, refined acidity, it manages to ferment very slowly until it is completely dry. The high acidity initially caused concern, but fermentation was constant and regular for over a year. With their healthy, attractive characteristics, the grapes produced a precise, pure wine that will age amazingly well.
Sparkling golden yellow with silvery reflections.
The 2021 Riesling Clos Windsbuhl unfolds its full aromatic character only after a proper intake of air. A clear limestone monument spreads out with dreamlike aromas of salt lemon, melon, red apple, lemongrass and ginger dancing out of the glass. Already the bouquet convinces with extraordinary precision.
Striking, exceedingly dry and astonishingly taut, it hits the tongue with crystalline saltiness and razor-sharp acidity - an immediate saliva stimulator. On the palate, it literally floats and leaves a lasting, mouthwatering impression that ignites the desire for more. Its Burgundian style makes you surrender more and more, although it should be pointed out that its perfection only reaches greater storage time. With a little patience, this wine promises to be multi-faceted.
If you lack patience and would like to open the wine now, we recommend decanting it for at least one day and then enjoying it from large Burgundy glasses at not too cold temperatures.
Alternatives to existing food recommendations: Lemon thyme risotto, lobster with mango avocado salad and saffron sauce, turbot with white truffle cream on mashed potatoes.
Domaine Zind Humbrecht, 4 Route de Colmar, 68230 Turckheim / France, Organic certificate: FR-BIO-01