The Riesling vines are spread all over the 5.5ha of the Clos-Saint-Urbain in the Rangen Grand Cru vineyard. Being located at the opening of a cold and higher altitude valley, the Rangen enjoys a late ripening climate, but eventually catches up in October, when the steep slope (90%) and dark warm volcanic rocks allow the grapes to reach a high ripeness level. 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.

99 Points
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98 Points
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Tasting Note

The nose is unmistakable Rangen, showing intense flinty, aromatic herbal aromas. The palate is rich and powerful with good balance.

Food Pairing

Savor as an aperitif or with simple dishes that showcase the wine.

Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Riesling
APPELLATION: Vin d'Alsace
AGING: 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • 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

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

Riesling
Riesling shows sublime, refined, vibrant aromas and flavors of peaches, apricots and white fruit, with floral and citrus blossom notes. May show slate, earth, tar, smoke or kerosene notes.
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