About this winery
Olivier Humbrecht is one of the world's most renowned winegrowers. He is a Master of Wine and has been described by Robert Parker as the greatest white winemaker on earth. Yet he is very soft spoken, humble, and self-deprecating, which makes him perfectly suited to his assumed role as a global ambassador of wine. He is a champion of terroir, biodynamic farming principles, and non-interventionist winemaking, whose family have been winegrowers in Alsace for 12 generations (since 1620). He is...
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Notes about product
2010 Vintage: Bottling date: 9/2011; Alcohol: 13.6° alc; Residual sweetness: 49 g/l; 4.8 g/l H2SO4, pH: 3.6; Yields: 17 hl/ha; Optimum drinking period: 2015-2040+; Average age of the vines: 41 years; Terroir: Sedimentary volcanic rocks. South facing, steep slope. Indice 4.
Like many other vineyard in 2010, the Pinot-Gris grape developed some noble rot while the Riesling stayed very healthy. The Rangen is located in a late ripening climate, benefiting from an outstanding exposition to the sun (90% average steepness facing South). The combined effect of the river Thur, which brings humidity and solar reflection, and the rocky soil that catches the sun heat late in the season explain the quick development of noble rot in this vineyard, especially in the lower part, closer to the river. The Pinot-Gris started flowering slightly earlier than the Riesling and therefore coulure was more important. The 2010 fermented quite fast in just less than 3 months, but then settled for a balance with important residual sweetness.