Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Brand 2016


Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Brand

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic


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Product code
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Store Only
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
Alsace Grand Cru Brand
Riesling 100 %
Closure type
Winery's website

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

The respect for the vine and soil is very important for Olivier and is team of vineyard workers. All viticultural work is carried out by hand with the help of some horses to plough the vineyards with minimum impact of the soil. All vineyards have been certified organic and biodynamic since 2002. Low impact farming is practiced, organic composts are used and yields are restricted.

Winemaking notes

All wines are fermented in traditional oak vats using native yeasts. No additives are used, and chaptalization is never carried out. The wines are left on their lees and ferment at there own pace, the wines are not fined. Very little sulfites are added and the wines are bottled after at least 18 months on the lees.

Tasting notes

This wine is a classic and powerful example of Riesling. The nose is quite lush with layers of pineapple, tangerine and minerality. The palate is lush and rich with a very long finish. This is one wine not to miss out on.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 98 points -

December 2018

A lot of roasted citrus fruits, but the mineral character is stronger. The mineral component keeps the reins in its hand, driving the wine on to a very straight path and keeping it there in spite of higher alcohol (just over 13%) than the other rieslings of this vintage from Zind Humbrecht. Already delicious now, but this has enormous aging potential. Made from biodynamically grown grapes.

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 Wine Enthusiast

- 96 points -

November 2018

A touch of flint hovers above the fragrance of freshly cut citrus-peel notes that are reminiscent of clementine and tangerine. On the palate the tangy, zesty notes play first fiddle but they are supported by a whole orchestra of juicy clementine and tangerine flesh. This is ripe freshness or fresh ripeness of fruit that comes with a disarming playfulness and well-honed generosity. The dry lip-smacking tangerine finish makes you crave more.

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Wine Advocate

- 94 points -

November 2018

From 66-year-old vines on the south-facing granite soils of the steep and low-yielding cru (34 hectoliters per hectare), the yellow-golden 2016 Alsace Grand Cru Brand Riesling is clear, fresh and pure on the deep, ripe and mineral nose. On the palate, this is an intense, lush and elegant Riesling with a firm, mineral structure, fine acidity and a very long, salty finish with lots of power, grip and mineral expression. This is a dense and concentrated Brand that is far too young to be enjoyed today, but its aging potential should be enormous (as always), particularly in 2016 due to its very tight and mineral structure. "In 2016, the grapes were healthy, ripened early (an exception in that vintage), and the Brand fermented slowly, but the yeasts went to the end of their task," says Olivier Humbrecht, who finds his 2016 Brand pretty delicate compared to the often rather richer style of this steep grand cru.

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January 2019

Bright straw-yellow. Very pure, clean, fresh aromas and flavors of yellow peach, lime, botanical herbs, sweet spices and a touch of orange jam. Then rich and dense, showing real concentration and depth to the lingering, repeating citrus and spice nuances. Finishes with an enticing multilayered quality, not to mention outstanding length. A fantastic wine. In 2016 Humbrecht did not use any grapes from his younger vines to make this wine, because he felt they had suffered some water stress that led to difficult fermentations and ultimately a different-tasting wine.

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