Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Clos Jebsal 2020

$65.00 USD

Please allow extra time for this limited-quantity wine to be hand-picked and packed from our secure, temperature-controlled cellar.

About the wine

REGION: France | Alsace
GRAPES: 100% Pinot Gris
YIELD: 35 hl/ha
SOIL: Grey marls and gypsum (Keuper), South facing, Very steep slope.
PH: 3.2
TOTAL ACIDITY: 3.3 g/l H2SO4 (5.1 g/l Acide Tartrique)
ABV: 13%
AGING: 12 – 14 months in large old oak foudres MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: Partial
1/2022: Bright pale yellow color. The deep blue marls of the Jebsal produce austere wines in their youth, the nose is also today marked by the long aging on lees, slightly reductive. A thorough aeration will release a nice ripe and subtle fruitiness. The mouth is ample, rich, and we find the influence of clay on the wide and silky aspect of the palate. The mouthfeel is delicate and without heaviness, the wine lengthens in the finish with a nice bitterness which also brings a toasted aromas. An impressive wine for a vineyard that always produced sweet wines, until now!
Ideal with a range of seafood both grilled and stewed, also superb with spiced chicken dishes and tangy cheeses.
Winemaking technique
Optimum tasting 2025 – 2035+
From Olivier Humbrecht, MW:2020 marks an important turning point in the style of wines produced on Jebsal. The contrast between a very sunny exposure and a deep marly soil allowed the development of noble rot very regularly. We have produced the richest Grains Nobles wines on this terroir. However, climate change is now responsible for advancing the ripening period. A development of noble rot in a warmer climate is not favorable to the preservation of acidity and above all, botrytis takes on a completely different aspect, much less noble. We have experienced more and more difficulties in producing this type of wine over the last 10 years. So, in 2020, a very early year, we made the decision to harvest these grapes before botrytis develops. 2020 will therefore have produced the driest Jebsal in its history and this style is set to last! The end of great sweet wines in Alsace? No, but late years will be increasingly rare in the future!

What The Critics Say...

James Suckling 96 point rating score
A game-changing dry pinot gris that manages to get all the floral-honey character and creaminess that fans of this category adore into a self-confidently dry package. In spite of the wine’s imposing stature, it only weighs in at 13% alcohol and this gives it a lightness of touch that the pink-grapefruit aroma at the super-elegant finish only accentuates. The first dry pinot gris from this site, which has similar soil to the famous Grand Cru Schoenenbourg. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold. — JamesSuckling.com
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