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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 date: 8/2015; Alcohol: 12° alc; Residual sweetness: 4 g/l; Total Acidity 3.8 g/l H2SO4 (5.7g/l Tar), pH: 3.4; Yields: 35 hl/ha; Optimum drinking period: 2018-2029; Average age of the vines: 31 years; Terroir: Sedimentary volcanic rocks, facing south, very steep slope. Indice 1 Grauwacke and andesique tuff (compacted volcanic ash) is only present in the Grand Cru Rangen in Alsace. This vineyard was acquired in 1977 by my father Leonard and we were lucky that the established vineyards were properly planted (high density, massal selection…). However, some parts were still abandoned and needed planting. These ‘younger’ vines sometime differ from the older ones and are declassified in this bottling. The character of the vineyard is strong but a slightly higher yield and lower alcohol potential make it a lighter wine, easier to enjoy in its youth.
Sourced from the younger vines, planted between 1978 and 1986, of one of Alsace's most famous vineyards, the extremely steep Rangen de Thann (pictured in the banner above). We love that Olivier Humbrecht considers 30 + year old vines to be young vines! Prior to this vintage this fruit went into the Rangen de Thann Riesling ($110+ retail value). This is a spectacular bargain given the site the wine hails from!
- 93 Points -
Gentle, aromatic notes of ripe apricot appear first, followed by a little smoke. The palate comes in like a clarion call of lemony, brisk, citric freshness. This wine is streamlined and crystal clear, with a defined outline and a stony, concentrated core. With all its power it is muscular but suave and ultraclean.See detailed press review
- 92 Points -
Riesling Roche Volcanique is grown on compacted volcanic ash in the Grand Cru Rangen in Alsace. This vineyard was acquired in 1977 by Olivier Humbrecht’s father Leonard and mostly planted to a high-density, massal selection of vines. Lucky for us some of the vineyard needed replanting and the younger vines are declassified into Volcanique. The colour and nose are bright; the wine a flinty, mineral, stony, salty, white fruit affair. Fresh and beguiling this is a special wine at special price for the moment. Stock up if you can. Humbrecht says it will keep through 2029 but I’m not sure I can wait that long.See detailed press review
- 91 Points -
Fine and creamy, with lovely aromatic floral, ripe fruit and mineral overtones, and flavors of star fruit, glazed apricot, fleur de sel and pink grapefruit zest defined by well-knit, racy acidity. Very elegant.See detailed press review