Behind its juicy fruit scents, this wine’s aromas are like a bouquet of tender herbs. Fennel fronds, dill, tarragon and celery leaves are fresh and inviting. The wine’s plump fruit flavors and barely there honeyed sweetness come as a bit of a surprise, but as with all the best Rieslings, they’re kept in check by cleansing acidity. Those herbaceous notes also carry through into the medium-length, savory, green finish.
This wine is a blend from parcels around Gueberschwihr, the vines averaging 44 years old, along with some young-vine fruit from the Hengst vineyard. Olivier Humbrecht finds
that these limestone soils retain moisture for the vines, so they don’t suffer from hydric stress. The fruit they deliver is focused on citrus, with notes of orange and lime tightened up by a seashell minerality. There are delicate scents of narcissus carried by the buzz of acidity.
Very attractive yellow fruit with the emphasis on Amalfi lemon, but also some stone fruit and just a hint of caramel. Very elegant and polished, this has vibrant acidity that very neatly matches the chalky character from the tip of your tongue right to the back of the mouth. From biodynamically grown grapes.
A fragrant white, with lots of honeysuckle, elderflower, chalk, anise and ginger aromatics, this is pleasingly plump on the palate, offering flavors of apricot, persimmon and candied kumquat trimmed by a backbone of vibrant acidity.
On the medium-to full-bodied palate there’s a great marriage of creaminess and ripeness, then the wine flips in the chalky direction, the mineral character building impressively at the long finish. From biodynamically grown grapes