Riesling Clos Windsbuhl Monopole 2018

Zind-Humbrecht

Riesling Clos Windsbuhl Monopole 2018

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: France / Alsace / Hunawihr
Grapes: 100% Riesling

The altitude of the vineyard coupled with Hunawihr’s delayed climate means that the Clos Windsbuhl is often one of the last estate vineyards to be harvested. This explains the aromatic quality of the Clos’ wines and the consistent balance of acidity, a guarantee of good aging. 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

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2018 vintage
96 Points

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2018 vintage
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harvest note

The weather patterns were unusual yet resulted in a fine high-quality crop in most locations. The winter was extremely cold, and total rainfall for January through July was more than twice the normal amount. This replenished the soil moisture while the vines growth cycle was largely undisturbed. The summer months brought more stable, warm and dry conditions. Harvest proceeded over a two-month period, which allowed a precise approach to each terroir.

tasting note

Bright and lively texture with profound depth and complexity suggests a long and fine development potential. The wine is enjoyable young for the forceful fruit essence while over time more subtle nuanced floral and soil notes emerge.

food pairing

This riesling pairs nicely with all white meats including poultry and pork, and a wide range of seafood preparations from stews to simply grilled fish.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Riesling
APPELLATION: Alsace AOC
PH: 2.85
ACIDITY: 5.46 g/l
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 7.2 g/L

points of distinction

  • This site is legendary as an expression of calcaire subsoils
  • Riesling is particularly suited to this site for profound wines of great potential
  • This Riesling will age effortlessly for many years
  • This high altitude site is quite cool and typically harvested very late
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Good wine is made by people who actually do everything they say they are doing.

– Olivier Humbrecht M.W., Winemaker

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