Gewürztraminer Hengst Vendange Tardive Grand Cru

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Gewürztraminer Hengst Vendange Tardive Grand Cru

Region: France / Alsace

The Hengst Grand Cru vineyard is located in a warm, dry and precocious area in Alsace, very close to Colmar and protected by the proximity of the Vosges mountain range. Its south-east facing increases the effect of the sun as the grapes are exposed to sun rays early in the morning. Hengst never suffers of drought because water reserves in the marl-limestone soil are sufficient, but it means that botrytis develops late if any. Often harvested very ripe, the Hengst is rarely a Vendange Tardive because of the increased resistance of the old vines to rot development.

94 Points

Wine & Spirits

2011 vintage
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tasting note

The aromas are complex: spice, leather, mineral, wax / honey, mango, litchi while the palate is expansive and unctuous with great finesse & length.

food pairing

Ideal on it's own or to accompany ripe or salty cheeses, salumi, foie gras, cream-sauced dishes, or savory desserts.

points of distinction

  • Unique & rare late-harvest expression of the Hengst Grand Cru
  • Intense concentration and ageing potential
  • Ripeness due to limestone-marl soils, southeast exposure, 60 year old vines
  • Sweetness is balanced by intense complexity and length
  • about the grape +
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Winegrowing is a passion that has been passed down from father to son in the Humbrecht family since the 17th century.

– Olivier Humbrecht MW, Winemaker

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