Riesling Clos Häuserer 2016

ZIND-HUMBRECHT

Riesling Clos Häuserer
2016

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic

$64.99*

* Suggested retail price

7 case(s) available

Product code
81263
Format
6 x 750ml
Listing type
Cross dock
Status
Allocated
Country
France
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
Region
Alsace
Appellation
Alsace
Varietal(s)
Riesling 100 %
Color
White
Sugar
Dry
Closure type
Cork
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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 Clos Häuserer is a small square vineyard of 1.198ha located on deep rich marl limestone soil, just below the Grand Cru Hengst, on a gentle east facing, surrounded by hills. The Oligocen mother rock is about 1 to 1.5m deep. This rich layer of soil can take a long time to warm up, which explains why despite being in a very precocious area, Clos Häuserer can show the characteristic of a late ripening vineyard. The high free lime content of such soils is probably responsible for the reductive/petrol profile of this wine in its youth.

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 6 months on the lees.

Tasting notes

The nose shows a beautiful combination of ripe fruits (pears), citrus and definite limestone influence (toasty, flint, dry aromatic herbs). The palate starts elegantly and then the power shows gradually. Like most Riesling wines from 2016, it fears cold serving temperatures. The finish is unctuous, rich, brings a sense of gentle power until the acidity kicks in and leaves the palate dry.

Press reviews

 Wine Enthusiast

- 95 points -

August 2018

A flinty, welcome cloud of reduction is still apparent on the nose, but the palate shows juicy fruit. Ripe, juicy red apple has a lime and lemon tang on a slender but concentrated body that also suggests wet stone. This wine takes time to open up but the echoing length of its lemony, stony notions is a promise for the future. The finish is appetizing and dry.

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