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Zind-Humbrecht Riesling Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St-Urbain 2015

Riesling from Alsace, France
WE 97
WA 94-96
JS 95
V 94
WS 94
13.0% ABV PRE-ARRIVAL
Item # 338548

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750ml
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97 points Anne Krebiehl, MW (Wine Enthusiast): "[$120 list] Smoke, orange, wet stone and earth notes are powerful and beguiling on the nose. The palate has absolute concentration and energy and more of that smoky promise. This is like the bundled focus of a laser light—incisive, precise and piercing. Notions of peach, lemon and tangerine dance and hover, but the central core and force remains a kind of drive that could move mountains. This is a sleeping giant, absolute and pure, brooding, laying in wait to unleash its might. The palate is absolutely dry, absolutely fresh, absolutely uncompromising. The finish is piercingly clean. Wait for this. Drink 2025–2040 at least. Alcohol 13%. (Dec 2017)"

94-96 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "The 2015 Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain opens pure, deep and cool; it is very fresh and stony, as if a giant had crushed lava! On the palate this is a silky textured, yet firmly structured wine that shows fine tannins rather than acidity. The latter plays the first fiddle only in the finish, which is salty, pure and finessed, provided with great tension and an endless flow of wet stones. It is, perhaps, less dramatic than the Brand, but even more balanced and elegant at this early moment. So pure and vital! Drink: 2025-2045. (Feb 2017)"

95 points James Suckling: "This is a really fresh and dynamic white with sliced pear and lemon rind character and minerals. Full and flavorful with lots of crisp acidity and fruit intensity. Great density. From biodynamic grapes. Drink now. (6/30/17)"

94+ points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): "[$120 list] Vivid straw-gold. Rich, deep aromas and flavors of pear nectar, gunflint and sweet spices, displaying noteworthy freshness derived mostly from the wine’s strong salinity. The classically dry, savory finish extends the flavors on the long, rich back end. This Rangen was made with grapes from plots situated both up high and down low on the Rangen hill; as 2015 was a very dry year, there was no noble rot (the wine clocks in at 13.6% alcohol with 4 g/L residual sugar). This is a very different Rangen Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, a polar opposite of the much more floral 2008 or 2009 wines; in 2015, it is more about herbs and is presently much less (youthfully?) mineral than it is normally. Though I prefer other past vintages of Zind-Humbrecht Rangens, I do find it fascinating that for such a big wine, this 2015 does not come across as fat or flabby but is actually lively and nuanced, in the manner of the 2010 or 2013 Rangens. Those looking for lip-smacking floral daintiness won’t be as impressed by this wine as I was, but I think time will prove me right. Drink: 2023-2034. (Apr 2018)"

94 points Wine Spectator: "[$120 list] A dense and creamy Riesling, medium- to full-bodied and tightly meshed. Rich and smoky, with an exotic overtone of Indian spices and jasmine accenting the ripe green melon, grapefruit sorbet and nectarine flavors. Well-defined and lingering on the dry, zesty finish. Drink now through 2035. 480 cases made. (11/15/17)"
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97 points Anne Krebiehl, MW (Wine Enthusiast): "[$120 list] Smoke, orange, wet stone and earth notes are powerful and beguiling on the nose. The palate has absolute concentration and energy and more of that smoky promise. This is like the bundled focus of a laser light—incisive, precise and piercing. Notions of peach, lemon and tangerine dance and hover, but the central core and force remains a kind of drive that could move mountains. This is a sleeping giant, absolute and pure, brooding, laying in wait to unleash its might. The palate is absolutely dry, absolutely fresh, absolutely uncompromising. The finish is piercingly clean. Wait for this. Drink 2025–2040 at least. Alcohol 13%. (Dec 2017)"

94-96 points Stephen Reinhardt (Wine Advocate): "The 2015 Riesling Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain opens pure, deep and cool; it is very fresh and stony, as if a giant had crushed lava! On the palate this is a silky textured, yet firmly structured wine that shows fine tannins rather than acidity. The latter plays the first fiddle only in the finish, which is salty, pure and finessed, provided with great tension and an endless flow of wet stones. It is, perhaps, less dramatic than the Brand, but even more balanced and elegant at this early moment. So pure and vital! Drink: 2025-2045. (Feb 2017)"

95 points James Suckling: "This is a really fresh and dynamic white with sliced pear and lemon rind character and minerals. Full and flavorful with lots of crisp acidity and fruit intensity. Great density. From biodynamic grapes. Drink now. (6/30/17)"

94+ points Ian D'Agata (Vinous): "[$120 list] Vivid straw-gold. Rich, deep aromas and flavors of pear nectar, gunflint and sweet spices, displaying noteworthy freshness derived mostly from the wine’s strong salinity. The classically dry, savory finish extends the flavors on the long, rich back end. This Rangen was made with grapes from plots situated both up high and down low on the Rangen hill; as 2015 was a very dry year, there was no noble rot (the wine clocks in at 13.6% alcohol with 4 g/L residual sugar). This is a very different Rangen Riesling from Zind-Humbrecht, a polar opposite of the much more floral 2008 or 2009 wines; in 2015, it is more about herbs and is presently much less (youthfully?) mineral than it is normally. Though I prefer other past vintages of Zind-Humbrecht Rangens, I do find it fascinating that for such a big wine, this 2015 does not come across as fat or flabby but is actually lively and nuanced, in the manner of the 2010 or 2013 Rangens. Those looking for lip-smacking floral daintiness won’t be as impressed by this wine as I was, but I think time will prove me right. Drink: 2023-2034. (Apr 2018)"

94 points Wine Spectator: "[$120 list] A dense and creamy Riesling, medium- to full-bodied and tightly meshed. Rich and smoky, with an exotic overtone of Indian spices and jasmine accenting the ripe green melon, grapefruit sorbet and nectarine flavors. Well-defined and lingering on the dry, zesty finish. Drink now through 2035. 480 cases made. (11/15/17)"
Product SKU 338548
Producer Zind-Humbrecht
Country France
Region Alsace
Varietal Riesling
Designation Grand Cru
Vintage 2015
Size 750ml
Color White
ABV 13.0%
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