Zind-humbrecht’s ‘Zind’ is a varietal blend of two non-noble varieties in Alsace. Auxerrois is a favoured grape of the region which is often blended with the weightier Pinot Blanc, but in this case the ‘Zind’ is dominant with Chardonnay. As this is a blended wine (and from non-noble varieties) it cannot be varietally labelled or, indeed, labelled with the single vineyard. Both rules governed by Appellation laws. It is comparable, in legislative terms, to a Villages level Burgundy but by no means is this a ‘generic’ wine. Made from old vines of a minimum of 25 years from the single vineyard ‘Windsbuhl’, hand harvested and treated with the same level of care and attention that is given to their Grand Cru wines.
The nose shows light mineral/wet rock aromatics. Not yet fully open, but very profound and showing delicate white fruits with time. This is perhaps one of the purest expression of this wine. The palate is elegant, dry, very well structured and showing the classic acidity of the vintage. Long finish, can be enjoyed now, but will develop nicely in the next year or two. It is also a wine which is very easy to pair with a wide range of cuisines.
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