Even if noble rot is part of the Rangen vineyard most vintages, Vendange tardives or Sélection de Grains Nobles is not produced regularly here. Very often, the higher vineyards on the steep Rangen hillside, further away from the influence of the river, are harvested healthy and it is very interesting to assemble all parts together in order to obtain more complexity and structure in the final wine.

Tasting Note

The color is pale yellow, the nose is delicate with some honey, candied fruits, raisons, and some light smoky flavours. The palate is elegant with great balance between sweetness and acidity.

Food Pairing

This is a rare wine for contemplation & best on its own. Possible pairings could include dried fruit, candied nuts, or foie gras.

Unique Selling Points
  • Unique & rare late-harvest expression of the Rangen Grand Cru
  • Intense concentration and ageing potential
  • Concentration by botrytis allows for expression of volcanic soils and steep slope
  • Delicate balance of sweetness and acidity

Vineyard Details

Rangen Vineyard
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht's 13.6-acre Grand Cru is the most southerly of Alsace’s Vineyards, located in the town of Thann. The due south-facing aspect of the vineyard increases the amount of direct sunlight, giving the vines a privileged position on the steep Rangen Hillside with its 70% gradient. Rangen is a late ripening vineyard whose exceptional exposure allows the grapes to mature slowly in October and November. The soil is composed of volcanic rocks and sedimentary sandstone. Accounts of Rangen Vineyard appear as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. One of its trademarks is the small chapel dedicated to Saint Urbain that protects its hillside. It was originally built at the end of the 15th century. Completely destroyed in the French Revolution, it was rebuilt in 1934.

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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