Zind Humbrecht Grand Cru
Riesling Brand Grand Cru
The nose shows pure fresh lime and citrus aromas. There is a definite sense of ripeness and maturity. The Brand always expresses powerful and inviting flavours, yet remains elegant and complex. The palate is rich and voluptuous but does remain dry with classic granite acidity. Perhaps almost a strict Brand in comparison to some previous vintages. Long, velvety but very dry finish, showing again a complex array of white fruit aromas.
Riseling Rangen de Thann Clos-Saint-Urbain Grand Cru
Like most vintages, the nose is unmistakable Rangen, showing intense flinty, aromatic herbal aromas associated with a discreet exotic fruit, signature of 2011. With such a nose, one can only expect a powerful attack that fills the mouth with wet stones aromas and some smoke. The palate is rich, powerful with a good balance that finishes almost on a dry delicate structure. This wine hides its richness and will age very well.
Muscat Goldert Grand Cru
With some moderate aeration, the nose develops wonderful complex fruity Muscat aromas. The palate is dry and strict yet elegant, showing the classic Goldert acidity. Good structure with the limestone character developing on the finish. As with many previous editions, this Goldert will improve with time but is already surprisingly open.
Pinot Gris Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru
Yellow clear in colour. The nose shows immediate and obvious flinty/smoky aromas. The palate demonstrates how elegant a wine can be if harvested a very low yield, yet still carrying obvious ripeness elements, like a small roundness on the middle palate. The acidity, noble bitterness and strong mineral character make the finish drier than expected. This wine is showing very well at this early stage and should definitely age well.
Gewurztraminer Hengst Grand Cru
Light gold in colour, this wine has a wonderfully complex and spicy nose. The spicy aromatics eventually develop into stony flavours on the palate. The texture is velvety and round but the sweetness is never overpowering. Long and elegant finish.
Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain Grand Cru
At the time of writing (March 2015) the nose is still tight and needs time to express the complex smoky and gunflint Rangen character. The palate shows great structure and power with ashes, slate and peppery aromas. The harmony of the 2013 vintage is built around the acidity, tannins and a medium sweetness. Elegant and restraint finish. Another fabulous and age worthy Rangen.