Domaine Zind Humbrecht Heimbourg Riesling 2009


SKU 37601634038920


The nose is typical of limestone. Very mineral, with lots of sea air smells, almost petroly. It takes time for the fruit to show up. The palate is more advanced than the nose and show more open characteristics. The texture is rich, slightly round. The power of the wine has a greater influence than the actual sweetness. It explains the indice 2. Decanting and patience are needed here!
Category White Wine
Country France
Region Alsace
Brand Domaine Zind Humbrecht
Alcohol/vol 14%
  • ws93

Wine SpectatorAn aromatic and attractive Riesling, with lightly honeyed notes of apricot, stony mineral, yellow apple, tarragon and orchard blossoms. It's just off-dry, but enlivened and kept very fresh by firm, zesty acidity. Hints of smoke and ground spices build through the wine and give a push on the long, juicy finish. Drink now through 2029. 500 cases made.

Alison Napjus, October 15, 2011
  • wa90

Wine AdvocateHaving left behind nine grams of residual sugar just barely taste-able as such, the creamily-textured, rounded Zind-Humbrecht 2009 Riesling Heimbourg beautifully evokes nut cream and lightly-cooked white peach. Hints of salt and chalk serve for contrast and stimulation, though this hasn't the sense of mineral saturation, refreshment, or even the sheer force of personality that is found in this vintage's "Calcaire" blend. This imposingly rich, even sumptuous rendition of Riesling may well take on additional complexity over the next decade or more, but I would monitor its evolution carefully because it's quite possible that soothing, caressing, self-indulgence will prove to have been this wine's forte and in that case it would be a shame to have waited too long to enjoy them.

David Schildknecht, May 2011