Chardonnay and Auxerrois grapes come from Clos Windsbuhl Vineyard. The altitude of the vineyard coupled with the town of Hunawihr’s cooler 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 8 months in 40-year-old French barrels.

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast
2017 vintage
91 Points
Wine Spectator
2017 vintage
Tasting Note
The light, toasty aromas combine with herbs and white fruit, light smokiness and chalk on the nose. The elegant palate shows little sweetness.
Food Pairing
Hard cheeses, white meat or pasta in cream-based sauce.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Auxerrois
PH: 3.19
ACIDITY: 3.71 g/l
ABV: 12.61%
Unique Selling Points
  • Exclusively from Clos Windsbuhl Vineyard, one of Zind-Humbrecht's top vineyards
  • Certified organic and biodynamic
  • Easy-to-pair and ready-to-drink upon release

About the Grape

Auxerrois is often used in blends with Pinot Blanc, with which is it often compared, to yield still wines as well as Crémants d'Alsace. It lends body and an herbaceous, citrus character.
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.
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