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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

Pinot Gris Clos St. Urbain


The domain occupied 3 of 4 first places in the giant tasting of Alsace Pinot Gris (as it also happened in the last tasting, in 2013). St. Urbain also became No. 1 this time. Urbain is rightly the best known of Humbrecht's Monopolies. Extremely steep mountain, up to 70 degrees, with volcanic ash and humid climate provide exceptionnel wine, powerful, botrytis-affected.
Considered by most critics for Alsace's No. 1, in line with the top 4-6 in the Côte d'Or. Humbrecht is president of the biodynamic winemakers in France and pragmatic. The wine does not withstand pesticides and fertilizers and gives its best wine if forced to fight. Therefore, a yield, 50% below the normal and deliberately very natural methods: late harvest, storage sur lie in oak barrels, no clarification or filtration.


Domænet besatte 3 af 4 førstepladser i den gigantiske smagning af Alsace Pinot Gris (som det også skete i den sidste smagning, i 2013). St. Urbain blev også denne gang nr 1. Clos St. Urbain er med rette den mest kendte af Humbrechts Monopoler. Ekstremt stejlt bjerg, op til 70 grader, med vulkansk aske og fugtigt klima giver exceptionnel vin, magtfuld, botrytis-præget.

Anses af de fleste kritikere for Alsace's nr 1, på linie med de 4-6 ypperste i Côte d'Or. Humbrecht er præsident for de biodynamiske vindyrkere i Frankrig og pragmatiker. Vinen tåler ikke sprøjtegifte og kunstgødning og giver sin bedste vin, hvis den tvinges til at kæmpe. Derfor et udbytte, 50 % under andre og bevidst meget naturlige metoder: sen høst, lagring sur lie i egefade, ingen klaring eller filtrering.


Country: France

Region: Alsace

Winery: Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

Year: 2007

Type: White

Grapes: Pinot Gris

Alcohol: 14%

Aging: Oak barrels

Closure: Cork

Winemaking: Biodynamic



Domaine Zind-Humbrecht with Olivier Humbrecht in charge enjoys a good reputation worldwide. The way to create the great wines was laid already in the 1970s, when Olivier's father, Léonard Humbrecht, succeeded in buying some of Alsace's best plots on the very steep slopes, after they had being left by farmers searching for flatter areas. The domain has been biodynamically certified since 2002 and is generally known as one of the major pioneers of biodynamics in France.

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht med Olivier Humbrecht i spidsen nyder et godt ry verden over. Vejen til at skabe de store vine blev lagt allerede i 1970-erne, hvor det lykkedes Oliviers far, Léonard Humbrecht at købe nogle af Alsace bedste parceller på de meget stejle skråninger, efter de var blevet efterladt af bønder, der søgte mod fladere områder. Domænet har været biodynamisk certificeret siden 2002 og er generelt kendt som en af de store pionerer inden for biodynamikken i Frankrig.

General grape descriptions

Pinot Gris

This white-wine-producing mutation of Pinot Noir is enjoying a wave of popularity perhaps greater than it has ever known, and certainly on a wider geographical scale, even if it is relatively rarely known by its true French name Pinot Gris. Until recently Pinot Gris was probably known mainly in Alsace (as Tokay d'Alsace), northern Italy (as Pinot Grigio) and in Germany (as Grauburgunder or occasionally Ruländer). Today however it is known and increasingly planted in less classic wine regions, from Mendoza and Monterey to Marlborough. 

Pinot Gris is one of the darkest-skinned grapes producing white wine, rivalling Gewürztraminer for the redness of its berries. The grapes can vary from grey-blue to brownish pink, sometimes on the same bunch, and the resulting wine tends to be quite deep golden, even copper-toned. It is relatively soft, rarely has very marked acidity, can also be relatively high in alcohol (depending on how ripe the grapes are when picked) and as well as being full-bodied can have quite a spicy perfume (though in a much less specific way than Gewürztraminer).