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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...
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.
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.
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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.See detailed press review