2019 Zind-Humbrecht 'Roche Roulée' Riesling Alsace
Winemaker Notes: This wine is traditionally produced from the vineyards located on the gravelly valley floor of Turckheim, all around the Herrenweg vineyard. Some parts, nearer Wintzenheim, contain richer deposit of finer silt/loam. Turckheim enjoys very dry, warm and sun-drenched weather conditions, part of the ‘Colmar’ micro-climate, the driest in France. The valley winds tend to push the clouds aside and the distance from the Vosges reduces the shadow effect of the mountains. Gravelly soils are well drained and therefore warm up quickly. They do not contain clay, so have also a limited water retention capacity. All these elements explain why this area is so precocious and depends on regular rainfalls. The wines reflect this precocity by being able to reveal their potential early. They are also a very good representation of the grape variety characteristics. In 2019, the ripening period was ideal for these vineyards. The Riesling grape was harvested in perfect health condition with an ideal balance, allowing it to finish completely dry.
pale gold colour. The nose shows a classic combination of light citrus fruits and a complex stony/mineral influence, almost unusual for this cuvée. The 2019 vintage shows a remarkable balance and structure on the palate. It will certainly age longer, and with a youthful personality, compared to previous vintages. The mouth is quite concentrated, with a surprising firm acidity that brings salivation and a very clean dry finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "Aromas of forest floor and white pear flesh waft out of the glass, offering just a hint of petrol. This is a handsome wine, with perky acidity and white melon notes set against a backdrop of wet slate, lemon zest and evergreen trees. The finish takes an earthy turn, which only makes it feel all the more like you're in the forest or in the presence of a very tasteful cologne. As the long finish wears on, some of that white pear reappears. It invites you to keep sipping."