Is 15 years too old for an Alsace SGN?
Thankfully the cork had not influenced the wine.
According to the Hugel vintage chart, 2001 in Alsace was special for late-harvest Pinot Gris.
For once, the usual informative vintage and wine notes from Zind-humbrecht (from a Coe Vintner’s site) have been truncated, so I’m missing some background. I understand that the site Clos Jebsal is particularly favourable for late-harvest and botrytis styles – and this wine contains 168 g/l of residual sugar.
The wine’s colour is amber with some copper tints.
The bouquet exudes freshness, tropical fruits, glace fruits, marmalade, cinnamon stick and vanilla bean. The palate is yellow peach, nectarine and and mandarine. It’s viscous, textured, balanced, and ripples with vitality. The complexity of the bouquet and palate really sets this wine up as special.
97 points, drink to 2025.