Only the oldest vines (over 40 years old) from the Clos Windsbuhl Vineyard were used to produce this wine. This vineyard has the capacity to give a solid structure to the wine because of the smaller yields and nice minerality. 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.

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Tasting Note

One can find all the subtlety and delicacy of the Windsbuhl terroir in this refined fruity (pears, quince, citrus) and mineral nose (wet stones, iodine). The palate shows a round structure, well balanced by a ripe acidity.

Food Pairing

Paté or poultry, pork or pasta dishes in rich sauces.

Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Gris
APPELLATION: Vin d'Alsace
AGING: 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • Clos Windsbuhl's oldest vines (over 40 years old) provide the grapes, resulting in a complex, mineral-inflected character
  • Organically and biodynamically farmed

Vineyard Details

Clos Windsbuhl
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht's Clos Windsbuhl Vineyard faces south to south-east. With its average to steep slope (between 15 and 40%), the small Windsbuhl hill is at a high altitude for Alsace (around 350 m). The vines grow in a limestone substrata dense with shells (muschelkalk) and rich in clays and chalky rock. The soil is very thin in certain areas and the country rock often outcrops in the middle of the slope. It is well worth noting that the Windsbuhl Vineyard lies on a soil structure quite different from the rest of the commune. The altitude of the vineyard coupled with Hunawihr’s tardy climate means that the Clos Windsbuhl is often one of the last of our domaine’s vineyards to be harvested. This explains the aromatic quality of the Clos’ wines and the consistent balance of acidity, a guarantee of good aging. Although often harvested late, Windsbuhl Vineyard grapes are only rarely botryitized, doubtless due to the altitude of the vineyard, but nevertheless often reach high levels of maturity.

About the Grape

Pinot Grigio
This grape makes fresh, crisp, charming wines with apple, pear, almond and acacia flower aromas and clean, stone fruit flavors, or creamy, honeyed wines with spice, blossom and mineral aromas.
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