We recently had the pleasure of opening a 1990 Riesling from Domaine Zind Humbrecht’s Grand Cru Brand vineyard. Actually it probably wasn’t that recent, a month ago, but during this hot summer weather it seems to be the bottle that I can’t forget. Craving more information on them in a meager attempt to recreate the experience I find myself loving them even more.
I love that its a family business
Considered by many as the greatest domaine in Alsace, Domaine Zind Humbrecht was created in 1959 by husband and wife Leonard Humbrecht and Geneviève Zind. Leonard Humbrecht earned a reputation for being able to create beautiful wines year after year from a variety of vineyards across Alsace. He now runs Zind Humbrecht with his son Oliver who is no slouch. Oliver Humbrecht was the first french man to achieve a Master of Wine designation and has continued on with his father’s skill and manages to create a great assortment of high quality wines year after year from different varieties and lands.
I love their philosophy
Leonard and Oliver believe in small yields and biodynamic practices. A typical yield for Zind Humbrecht vines is 35 hl/ha. The legally acceptable yield for Grand Cru vineyards is 70 hl/ha. Anyone who is committed to biodynamic practices is a bit of an outsider, a rebel as we like to call them, and I generally like people like that.
I love their wines
At our last tasting the 1990 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Grand Cru Brand Riesling was brought out after dinner. It was golden yellow in the glass and had a heady perfume of orange blossoms, citrus and honey. On the palate, there was citrus fruit, honey and spice backed with some minerality and a great fresh acidity even though this was a 20 year old bottle!
Grab some of these wines for your next summer dinner here.