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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...
Bottling: 2/2018; Alcohol: 12.0 °alc; Residual sweetness: 8.3 g/l; Total Acidity 4.3 g/l H2SO4, pH: 3.11; Yields: 65 hl/ha; Optimum drinking period 2018-2026; Average age of vines: 33 years; Terroir: Granite. Indice 1. This ‘new’ wine label complements now the ‘roches’ series. As its name indicates it, all the vineyards are located on the poor granitic soils of the Brand hillside. It is in fact the second wine of the Grand Cru Brand. It is a very interesting experience to compare the three Rieslings side by side (Granite, Calcaire, Volcanic) in order to understand the influence of soil origin on the nature of the wine. These precocious and warm granitic soils produce wines that have a vertical structure, always expressive at a young age and never shy on their aromatic potential. In 2016, these were the first Rieslings harvested but the fermentation took a year to complete.
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A flinty cloud of reduction constitutes the nose for now. On the palate a picture of citrus is drawn with precision and freshness. Lemon and tangerine are alive with zest and tanginess. Sharp and crystalline, the finish is irresistible in its lip-smacking, concentrated slenderness.See detailed press review