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
jamessuckling.com
2018 vintage
90 Points
Ken's Wine Guide.com
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
Intensely fragrant with elements of exotic fruit, stones, and bergamot tea supported by brisk acidity that lengthens the refined and complex finish.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with all seafood cuisines including sushi or ceviche.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 70% Chardonnay, 30% Auxerrois
APPELLATION: Vins D'Alsace
PH: 3.21
ACIDITY: 3.72 g/L
ABV: 12.5%
AGING: In neutral wood cask
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Yes
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 2.2 g/L
Unique Selling Points
  • Creative cuvee which is outside of traditional Alsace practices.
  • Reflects Olivier Humbrecht's sensitivites and openess to each terroir's potential
  • Tremendous personality and interpretation of the familiar chardonnay varietal
  • Versatile yet casual with a playful label

About the Grape

Auxerrois
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.
Chardonnay
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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