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Olivier Humbrecht is one of the world's most renowned winegrowers. He is a Master of Wine and has been described by Robert Parker as the greatest white winemaker on earth. Yet he is very soft spoken, humble, and self-deprecating, which makes him perfectly suited to his assumed role as a global ambassador of wine. He is a champion of terroir, biodynamic farming principles, and non-interventionist winemaking, whose family have been winegrowers in Alsace for 12 generations (since 1620). He is...
- 95 Points -
The 2016 Alsace Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Riesling Clos Saint Urbain displays a luminous yellow color and a fascinating bouquet of perfectly ripe Riesling fruit intertwined with very particular smoky/flinty and spicy notes that add fascinating complexity, finesse and elegance. On the palate, this is a lush, powerful but also refined, finessed and silky-textured Riesling with stunning purity, mouth-watering salinity and great intensity of fruit and mineral expression. It is less powerful than in other years but very elegant and still powerful enough, so very well-dosed and absolutely stimulating already today.See detailed press review
- 95+ -
Luminous golden-tinged straw-yellow. Complex aromas of lemon curd, apricot, white pepper, lemongrass and crystallized ginger, complicated by Rangen-typical flintiness. Laser-like freshness lifts and extends the very pure fresh pomaceous and citrus fruit flavors on the long, penetrating, smoky-saline finish. As is almost always the case, this wine was made with grapes from plots situated both up high and down low on the Rangen hill (what changes each vintage is the percentage of grapes used from each section of the slope); in 2015, Olivier included 40% fewer grapes from the Rangen’s younger vines because he believed, not surprisingly, that they had not adapted as well to the year’s hot, droughty conditions.See detailed press review