Gewürztraminer Rangen "Clos Saint Urbain" Grand Cru

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht

Gewürztraminer Rangen "Clos Saint Urbain" Grand Cru

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: France / Alsace
Grapes: 100% Gewürztraminer

Two small parcels are planted with Gewürztraminer in the Rangen Vineyard, directly above the river Thur that runs only a few yards from the first vines. This river plays an important role in the development of noble rot and is a source of heat. The volcanic soil of the Rangen has a powerful influence on the Gewürztraminer grape. Zind-Humbrecht's dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels.

95 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2013 vintage
91 Points

2009 vintage
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tasting note

The nose is incredibly marked by the vineyard's strong character with lots of smoke and flint. The palate is powerful, intense and very long. The good acid balance brings some elements of freshness. More Rangen than Gewürztraminer, this wine will go through time very slowly.

food pairing

Savor as an aperitif or with fine cheeses.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Gewürztraminer
AGING: 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels

points of distinction

  • The Rangen Grand Cru's two parcels of Gewürztraminer grapes are planted within feet of the Thur River, which is a source of ripening warmth and encourages desirable noble rot
  • The Rangen Grand Cru's unique terroir, with opposing influences of high altitude (slowing ripening) yet warm volcanic soils and dramatically steep slope with best exposure (speeding it up), cultivates optimal ripeness
  • Rangen Grand Cru wines consistently receive top ratings
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Good wine is made by people who actually do everything they say they are doing.

– Olivier Humbrecht MW, Winemaker

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