The due south-facing aspect of Rangen Vineyard increases the amount of direct sunlight, giving the vines a privileged position on the steep Hillside with its 90% gradient. As a result, Rangen is a late ripening vineyard whose exceptional exposure allows the grapes to mature slowly in October and November. 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.

98 Points
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2018 vintage
98 Points
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2018 vintage
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
A dry (Indice 2) white wine with full body and huge complexity. Aromas of smoke and white fruit are coupled with intense stony notes.
Food Pairing
Remarkably versatile to accompany diverse preparations of seafood and white meats, as well as cured meats and hard or salty cheeses.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Gris
APPELLATION: Alsace Grand Cru
PH: 3.57
ACIDITY: 2.52
ABV: 13.5%
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 10.4 g/l
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

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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