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Gewurztraminer ‘Roche Roulée', Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2019

White Wine from France - Alsace
4.000000000 star rating 1 Reviews
A full and rich gewurz from a top estate that offers floral notes, Asian spices and aromatic fruit. Plenty of charm, too, in a wine that ‘pulls out all the stops’, according to our 2022 Wine Champions tasting panel. Gewurz as good as this is lovely with smoked fish like salmon or trout and is a stunner with a piece of salmon fillet cooked en croûte, in puff pastry with ginger, nutmeg, currants, and almonds, all of which pick up deliciously on the spice of the wine.
Price: £21.00 Bottle
Price: £126.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: AL16361

Wine characteristics

  • White Wine
  • 4 - Medium/off dry
  • Gewurztraminer
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2027
  • 13.5% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Cork, natural

Zind-Humbrecht

This domaine came about in 1959 following the marriage of Léonard Humbrecht and Geneviève Zind. It has become one of, if not the very greatest estate in all of Alsace with wines that are much envied by others; copied but rarely matched. The family’s 40 hectares of fine vineyards, run on biodynamic lines across five villages, provide a substantial resource from which to produce a whole array of fabulous, terroir-expressive wines. Following in his father Léonard’s extraordinary footsteps Olivier Humbrecht took on responsibility for the estate with gusto and has continued to build on his father’s considerable achievements. As well as his triumphs in the family domaine Olivier was the first Frenchman to gain the internationally recognised Master of Wine qualification.

There are many reasons for the resounding success of this domaine, not least the Humbrechts’ unwavering commitment to their precious vineyards, some of which are on notoriously difficult steep sites. Many are unworkable by machine, so the Humbrechts use horses to plough the land and sheep to graze them.

As well as owning vines in 4 grand cru vineyards – Brand, Hengst, Goldert and Rangen – the domaine also makes wines from a number of single vineyards, or lieux-dits,including some rare walled sites, which have no status in the cru system but nevertheless have immense potential of their own. It comes as no surprise that Olivier is leading the initiative to establish a premier cru classification in the region.

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This domaine came about in 1959 following the marriage of Léonard Humbrecht and Geneviève Zind. It has become one of, if not the very greatest estate in all of Alsace with wines that are much envied by others; copied but rarely matched. The family’s 40 hectares of fine vineyards, run on biodynamic lines across five villages, provide a substantial resource from which to produce a whole array of fabulous, terroir-expressive wines. Following in his father Léonard’s extraordinary footsteps Olivier Humbrecht took on responsibility for the estate with gusto and has continued to build on his father’s considerable achievements. As well as his triumphs in the family domaine Olivier was the first Frenchman to gain the internationally recognised Master of Wine qualification.

There are many reasons for the resounding success of this domaine, not least the Humbrechts’ unwavering commitment to their precious vineyards, some of which are on notoriously difficult steep sites. Many are unworkable by machine, so the Humbrechts use horses to plough the land and sheep to graze them.

As well as owning vines in 4 grand cru vineyards – Brand, Hengst, Goldert and Rangen – the domaine also makes wines from a number of single vineyards, or lieux-dits,including some rare walled sites, which have no status in the cru system but nevertheless have immense potential of their own. It comes as no surprise that Olivier is leading the initiative to establish a premier cru classification in the region.

In the winery the approach is non-interventionist, though the wines have been getting dryer and lower in alcohol in recent years. The regular bottlings need at least a couple of years’ ageing whereas most of the single-vineyard or grand cru wines require ideally five years at least.
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The Observer

An almost decadent mix of rosewater perfume and velvety tannin puts this intense wine right in tune with the spirit of Christmas feasting.

David Williams

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