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Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2015 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Grand Cru Riesling Alsace, France

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From the moment one takes in the aromas of this wine and gently lets it flood over the palate, you are instantly aware that this is an exceptional wine made with fruit from an exceptional vintage. Generous and rich, complex and mysterious all at once! There is suppleness and seduction and there is structure and sophistication, so much is given at that first kiss but, not everything is revealed and the more you submit yourself to this wine’s charms the more you discover the depth of what it has to offer.

 

The aromas are slightly smoky, flint and wet stone with orange peel, white flowers, hints of wild honey, floral spice and subtler, slightly savoury notes. The palate is all tension and beauty, stony fruits -fresh, ripe and pure- an almost soapy texture finally immersed in a sea of minerals, crisp and vital to temper the intensity of fruit, it is a masterful expression of terroir and a masterpiece in Riesling, a stunning wine from a genius winemaker and a great vintage.

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