Zind Humbrecht Lieux Dits
At the time of writing (March 2015) the nose is still tight and mineral, with complex citrus fruits and a lingering light reduction (quite common in 2013 on many wines). Every year, this vineyard reaches more complexity in the expression of its mineral potential. The palate is intense and powerful. Very dry and strict but so inviting and generous. A fine salivating acidity brings extra layers on the finish. This is a Riesling to keep!
Riesling Clos Windsbuhl
The nose shows racy aromas of fruits and wet stones, and is already very elegant. There is no extra weight and the palate feels razor sharp, with a mineral acidity that is unique to this vineyard. The finish is very long, but it is more the complexity of the calcareous soils showing in the wine that makes it remarkable over the sheer weight of the wine. There are some residual sugars, so says the analysis, but we have still to find them! Great ageing potential.
Pinot Gris Rotenberg
There is a pure limestone influence on the nose. There is almost a citrus influence there after some aeration. There is definitely a sensation of austerity and a lean mineral character on the palate. Take enough time to understand this wine and there will be no regrets. The finish is dry, but the acidity is enveloped in a velvety saline salivation. Will benefit from ageing and definitely a wine for pairing with food.
Gewurztraminer Clos Windsbuhl
Elegant, fresh and exotic on the nose (a combination of citrus, lychee fruits and floral aromas) without being excessive. Only a great vineyard can achieve this level of intensity for Gewurztraminer without making the wine taste simple. The palate has a medium power and the acidity brings the structure necessary to create a perfect harmony. Long finish with no excessive weight. This wine shows a complex simplicity and is dangerously likeable at this early stage.