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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...
- 94 Points -
- 94 Cellar Selection -
Anne Krebiehl MW, April 2016
Fulsome notes of ripe, juicy pear lead straight to a fluid, concentrated palate that holds a whole world of ripe pear flavors. This is still deep in its shell, ringing with primary fruit but burying many layers of spiced joy: think marzipan and gingerbread. This is one for laying down that will reward patient drinkers. The deep core of fruit, the concentration on the midpalate and the ultraclean finish all suggest a great future.
- 94 Points -
Lots of dried apple, lemon and rose leaf. Mineral too. Full-bodied, off dry and round. A rich and flavorful white. Dense and layered yet agile. A beautiful wine. Made from biodynamically grown grapes.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
The white-golden 2013 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St Urbain, from 50-year-old vines, is more dry than usual due to the late flowering and the cooler climate of the vintage, which finally brought healthy berries with virtually no botrytis. Clear and subtle on the precisely stony nose, this is a full-bodied, elegant and powerful, vibrantly fresh and mineral, almost dry tasting Pinot Gris; it has a long and salty finish, and lingering lemon flavors. Don't tell your guests the wine is off-dry and they will love it as a dry one.See detailed press review
- 93 Points -
A monolithic white, with a rich, smoky mineral character underscoring the firmly cut palate of glazed nectarine, dried papaya, crystallized honey and almond flavors. Well-spiced and intense, with a lovely, lasting and aromatic finish.See detailed press review
- 94+ Points -
Ian d'Agata, June 2016
Bright gold-tinged straw. Enticing subtle nose offers scents of apple, nectarine, lemon jelly and herbs, plus an element of flinty, almost smoky minerality. Rich and dense on the palate, with lemony acidity (5.7 g/l total acidity expressed in tartaric, with a pH of 3.4) and noteworthy salinity lifting the youthful but already highly complex flavors of stone fruits, baking spices, minerals and lemon curd. A hint of noble bitterness emerges on the back that is very Rangen. Finishes long and classically dry (actually 12.9 g/l residual sugar, but the wine has such an acid edge that you won’t notice the sugar at all) and very light on its feet (13.4% alcohol by volume). This multilayered, highly refined wine promises to develop gloriously but is currently hard as nails. In fact, in 2013, the cooler climate and later flowering didn’t allow for extreme ripeness of the Pinot Gris grapes, so this wine is drier than usual (and devoid of noble rot). Olivier Humbrecht likes this wine a lot, but jokingly complains that he had such a small crop (hail resulted in a poor budbreak and flowering, with the 20 hectoliters per hectare production the third lowest yield in the estate’s history for this wine) that he couldn’t make as much wine as he would have liked.See detailed press review