Two small parcels are planted with Gewürztraminer in the Rangen Vineyard, directly above the river Thur that runs only a few yards from the first vines. This river plays an important role in the development of noble rot and is a source of heat. The volcanic soil of the Rangen has a powerful influence on the Gewürztraminer grape. Zind-Humbrecht’s dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels.

98 Points
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97 Points
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Tasting Note

The nose is incredibly marked by the vineyard’s strong character with lots of smoke and flint. The palate is powerful, intense and very long. The good acid balance brings some elements of freshness. More Rangen than Gewürztraminer, this wine will go through time very slowly.

Food Pairing

Savor as an aperitif or with fine cheeses.

Technical Data
Grapes: 100% Gewürztraminer
Appellation: Vin d'Alsace
Aging: 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels
Unique Selling Points
  • The Rangen Grand Cru's two parcels of Gewürztraminer grapes are planted within feet of the Thur River, which is a source of ripening warmth and encourages desirable noble rot
  • The Rangen Grand Cru's unique terroir, with opposing influences of high altitude (slowing ripening) yet warm volcanic soils and dramatically steep slope with best exposure (speeding it up), cultivates optimal ripeness
  • Rangen Grand Cru wines consistently receive top ratings

Vineyard Details

Rangen Vineyard
Domaine Zind-Humbrecht's 13.6-acre Grand Cru is the most southerly of Alsace’s Vineyards, located in the town of Thann. The due south-facing aspect of the vineyard increases the amount of direct sunlight, giving the vines a privileged position on the steep Rangen Hillside with its 70% gradient. Rangen is a late ripening vineyard whose exceptional exposure allows the grapes to mature slowly in October and November. The soil is composed of volcanic rocks and sedimentary sandstone. Accounts of Rangen Vineyard appear as early as the 12th and 13th centuries. One of its trademarks is the small chapel dedicated to Saint Urbain that protects its hillside. It was originally built at the end of the 15th century. Completely destroyed in the French Revolution, it was rebuilt in 1934.

About the Grape

Gewürztraminer
Gewürztraminer has unmistakably heady intensity of fragrance, with pungent aromas of litchis, tropical fruits and rose petals. Its flavors are ample, fruity and spicy rather than complex.
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