Riesling Clos Häuserer 2017


Riesling Clos Häuserer

  • Organic
  • Biodynamic
Regulated designation
Appellation origine controlée (AOC)
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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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Product notes

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.

Production 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

Notes of smoke, stone and mineral, opening to aromas of honey and wax. The palate shows exemplary purity and restraint. The finish is persistent thanks to its ripe acidity.

Press reviews

James Suckling

- 95 points -

August 2019

Tight and poised with sliced apples, pears and mineral undertones. Medium body. Dry and fruity. Zingy and bright.

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