Zind Humbrecht Clos Jebsal 2002 Selection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale

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Zind Humbrecht Pinot-Gris Clos Jebsal 2002 Selection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale

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One bottle of this very rare Zind Humbrecht Pinot-Gris Clos Jebsal 2002 Selection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale only made in the very best years and with very low yields

Pinot-Gris Clos Jebsal 2002 Selection de Grains Nobles Trie Spéciale
Bottling date: some years from now Alcohol: very low, Residual sweetness: very high, Yields: 15
hl/ha, Optimum drinking period : after me, Average age of the vines: 19 years, Surface: 1.3 ha,
Terroir: Grey marls and gypsum. South facing, very steep slope.

The last similar selection we did was in 1994 in this vineyard. In 2002, the botrytis was very intense
and able to dry properly early enough, giving us the time to do a serious selection. Knowing that the
acidity level would be high, the selection can be more severe than in a vintage with much less acidity.
In fact, we hoped for a rich SGN, similar to 1995, 1998 or even 2001, but we never guessed during
the picking that the potential ripeness would reach 226° Oechslés. This vineyard is quite amazing
when it comes to produce botrytis. Is it a richness that I would hope for every year, certainly not, not
even every five years, because this wine will need fifty years or more to be ready ! Today, it is still
fermenting, showing ultra intense ripe fiuits aromas (apples, quince...) but has only a little finished
alcohol and a huge sweetness. The acidity is also quite amazingly high. The bottling will be done in
a few years from now. (1/2004) (From Zind Humbrecht vintage report)


Tasting note

"With dessert, out came an unmarked 375ml bottle. I figured it was a SGN, but was blown away when Olivier announced that the liquid gold about to be poured into our glasses was the recently bottled 2002 Clos Jebsal Pinot Gris SGN Trie Speciale! This is a wine I have discussed with Olivier for a few years now and one I knew would be special. The wine finished with just under 400 g/l of residual sugar, about 6% alcohol and extremely high acidity. As this amber/orange nectar was poured into our glasses, you could sense it's extreme weight by the way it poured and clung to the side of the glass. Upon raising the glass to our noses I think we all had the same reaction of amazement and all recoiled back in our chairs while at the same time pushing our noses further into the glass! My notebook just says “no words to describe, beyond belief”. In retrospect I can now say a little more. The nose was complex way beyond it's age. Scary to think what could happen in time. On the palate, the acidity seemed to be a carrier for the tremendous sweetness and at no time was the word cloying even contemplated. I also found some of the beautiful inner mouth perfume of a great Jebsal present. Of course, this characteristic will only build in time. I gave the palate a perfect 15/15, not sure if I've ever done that before. The finish lasted forever. A wine for the ages and one I plan to give a prominent position in my cellar. Could this someday be the wine I award my first perfect score? Quite a strong possibility. 50+14.5+15+9.5+9.5 = 98.5++" 

Zind Humbrecht

Were Olivier Humbrecht, MW a Rock ‘N Roll star, he would be the guy, the man, the boss, the one everyone wants to hang around. He’d be invited to every benefit concert, like No Nukes at MSG, Live Aid, Live 8 and a Tribute to Heroes. He would sing the biggest parts on the raise awareness and relief funds records like We are the World. He would headline every star-studded gathering to celebrate an influential musician’s career, like that of George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Chuck Berry and Bob Dylan.

Olivier Humbrecht is a winemaker. He’s also smart, France’s first Master of Wine, rooted in his region’s history and hyper aware of every nuance in each terroir. He’s an extreme scientist, biologist, geologist, viniculturalist and viticulturalist. Olivier Humbrecht is a student of many Alsace genres, techniques and methods. He’s a bit of a perfectionist. So are many Alsatian winemakers. But Olivier also has the charisma, the persona and the drive to strive for bigger and better. People want to be near that.

The rock star complex manifests itself at a tasting of the Zind-Humbrecht portfolio. Olivier has laid 14 wines on the cellar room table for a group of eight journalists and sommeliers. After leading the group through the lot, he checks his watch and sees there are a few minutes left in the allotted time. He opens two more bottles, then two more. Time is up. The group must press on. He opens another. Just one more, “for perspective,” he says. He can’t stop. The adrenaline is pumping. One more encore. Just one more Sélection de Grains Nobles…

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht is well-known to the world, considered the consummate professional vigneron d’Alsace. The wines are immaculate to a fault; pure, precise considerations out of a multitude of variegated and diverse terroirs; of those around the winery’s home in Turckheim, Wintzinheim, in Gueberschwihr, Thann and in Hunawihr. The Grand Cru holdings of Brand, Hengst, Goldert and Rangen de Thann provide the stuffing for exceptional produce but can any other winery in Alsace lay claim to so many exceptional wines from their lieu-dit and single-vineyards not classified Grand Cru? The trifecta phenomena of the Zind-Humbrecht hill parcels, “Les Clos”; Häuserer, Windsbuhl and Jebsal may as well be Grand Cru squared. The wines from these most worthy soils are dreamy and in top vintages, impossibly perfect.

Most vintners in Alsace are connected to a village, have vineyard holdings surrounding or on slopes leaning upwards from the town. Many crush and ferment in caves beneath their homes right there in the ancestral village. Above ground Zind-Humbrecht is more modern than most, in many ways the embodiment of the 21st century Alsatian facility but Olivier’s wines are deeply connected to Turckheim, the village closest to a large proportion of his vines. The region’s regulatory board decision to eliminate a village like Gueberschwihr from being used on a Riesling label is both curious and counter-productive. Olivier is an island here, not having found any other producer’s support to keep such a designation alive. The irony is not lost. A winemaker incredibly passionate about soil having to label his wine by that very concept and against his will.

Producent Zind Humbrecht
Jaar 2002
Appellation Alsace
Climat -
Flesgrootte 0,375 L
Aantal flessen 1
Conditie Nee
Waardering Nee