Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert 2011 Front Label
Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert 2011 Front Label

Zind-Humbrecht Muscat Goldert 2011

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750ML / 13.2% ABV
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750ML / 13.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The nose is vibrant and intense with the full range of aromas typical of this variety, but the character of the Goldert terroir takes over. Fruity and floral aromas are present, but controlled by the strength of the raw limestone brings a nice presence of mineral complexity. The palate is lively, elegant and has an extraordinary finish enhanced by acidity.

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RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Olivier Humbrecht points to his 2011 Muscat d’Alsace Goldert as an illustration of why he has been replacing Muscat Ottonel with Muscat Petites Grains, as the latter can hang longer without becoming too alcoholic and at the same time hang on to acidity. A provocatively and enticingly pungent not to mention complex nose of basil, peppermint, lemon zest, orange rind, iris and orange blossom leads to a palate and finish of cut, clarity and brightness such as I would not have expected from this genre and vintage had it not been for this wine’s origin in Gueberschwihr highly calcareous, high-elevation, Muscat-tested vineyards. Not only the sense of levity, energy and sheer juiciness on display here but also a sense of chalky underpinning seems unmistakably to testify to Goldert terroir. Hints of pine needle and lemon pip add to the already mentioned pungent components for a mouth-shakingly invigorating as well as consummately refreshing finish. Don’t miss out on this spectacularly successful dry Muscat in its youth; but if possible set aside a few bottles to drink through at least 2028, because savoring older Goldert from a good vintage is nearly always a remarkable experience
WS 91
Wine Spectator
Dry and sleek, with vibrant, lip-smacking acidity, this presents a note of zesty minerality underscoring the tightly meshed flavors of tangerine, papaya, pickled ginger and lemongrass. The persistent finish echoes the fruit character. Drink now through 2020. 50 cases imported.
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Zind-Humbrecht, France
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The Domaine Zind-Humbrecht was created in 1959 by the merging of two families, that on Zenon Humbrecht, viticulteur in Gueberschwihr, and that of Emile Zind, viticulteur in Wintzenheim, with the marriage of their children, Leonard Humbrecht and Ginette Zind. Before this date both families produced and sold their wines separately. Domaine Humbrecht had been passed from father to son since the Thirty Years War (1620). The vinification is now in the hands of Oliver Humbrecht, son of Ginette and Leonard. In 1995, Robert Parker called Oliver's 1993's "The wine of a genius".

Certified Organic and Biodynamic.

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With its fairytale aesthetic, Germanic influence and strong emphasis on white wines, Alsace is one of France’s most unique viticultural regions. This hotly contested stretch of land running north to south on France’s northeastern border has spent much of its existence as German territory. Nestled in the rain shadow of the Vosges mountains, it is one of the driest regions of France but enjoys a long and cool growing season. Autumn humidity facilitates the development of “noble rot” for the production of late-picked sweet wines, Vendange Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles.

The best wines of Alsace can be described as aromatic and honeyed, even when completely dry. The region’s “noble” varieties, the only ones permitted within Alsace’s 51 Grands Crus vineyards, are Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat, and Pinot Gris.

Riesling is Alsace’s main specialty. In its youth, Alsatian Riesling is dry, fresh and floral, but develops complex mineral and flint character with age. Gewurztraminer is known for its signature spice and lychee aromatics, and is often utilized for late harvest wines. Pinot Gris is prized for its combination of crisp acidity and savory spice as well as ripe stone fruit flavors. Muscat, vinified dry, tastes of ripe green grapes and fresh rose petal.

Other varieties grown here include Pinot Blanc, Auxerrois, Chasselas, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir—the only red grape permitted in Alsace and mainly used for sparkling rosé known as Crémant d’Alsace. Most Alsatian wines are single-varietal bottlings and unlike other French regions, are also labeled with the variety name.

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Alluringly aromatic and delightful, Muscat never takes itself too seriously. Muscat is actually an umbrella name for a diverse set of grapes, some of which are genetically related and some of which, are not. The two most important versions are the noble, Muscat blanc à Petits Grains, and Muscat of Alexandria, thought to be a progeny of the former. Both are grown throughout the world and can be made in a wide range of styles from dry to sweet, still to sparkling and even fortified. Muscat is well-known in Italy's Piedmont region (where it goes by Moscato) mainly as Moscato d’Asti, a slightly sparkling, semi-sweet, refreshing wine low in alcohol. On the Iberian peninsula, it goes by Moscatel, not to be confused with Bordeaux's Muscadelle, which is acutally unrelated.

Tasting Notes for Muscat

Muscat makes a dry, sweet or sparkling white wine. Regardless, Muscat wines always possess marked aromatics of rose petal, jasmine, honeysuckle or orange blosson. These wines can have flavors of peach, pear, Meyer lemon, orange and lychee, often with a hint of sweet spice.

Perfect Food Pairings for Muscat

Muscat is a perfect match for Asian cuisine and other spicy foods. Off-dry Muscat can work well with lighter desserts like key lime pie and lemon meringue, while fully sweet Muscat-based dessert wines are enjoyable after dinner with an assortment of cheeses.

Sommelier Secrets for Muscat

Muscat is one of the oldest known grape varieties, dating as far back as the days of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Pliny the Elder wrote in the 13th century of a sweet, perfumed grape variety so attractive to bees that he referred to it as uva apiana, or “grape of the bees.” Most likely, he was describing one of the Muscat varieties.

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