1995 Domaine Zind Humbrecht "Clos Jebsal" Pinot Gris

SKU #1352021 93 points Vinous

 Golden yellow. Aromas of peach, orange oil, candied lemon peel, truffle and honeyed raisins. Multi-layered and complex, with luscious stone fruit and ripe citrus flavors complicated by sweet spices and a touch of clover honey. The finish is long and vibrant, leaving the impression that the wine is less sweet and dense than it really is. Precise but less concentrated than the 1996, this strikes me as a more civilized and discreet version than many Pinot Gris SGNs in Alsace. The Clos Jebsal, situated just below the Brand grand cru, benefits from a very warm and precocious micro-climate and is a veritable noble rot magnet. In fact, since 1989 the Clos Jebsal has produced nothing but Vendange Tardive or Selection de Grains Nobles wines. Most importantly, the soil’s grey Keuper marl holds onto water well, preventing water stress and ensuring production of memorably sweet wines that are never cloying (and this despite residual sugar levels often exceeding 300g/L). The wine’s name refers to the fact the site is a walled vineyard (clos) and a place rich in gypsum (a geological formation characteristic of this specific vineyard and that helps produce very precise, refined wines). (ID)  (2/2016)

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Varietal:

Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.
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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.