Zind Humbrecht Turckheim 2019 Release

I admire Olivier Humbrecht’s unceasing quest for quality immensely and he has succeeded in making many luscious, intense and attention-grabbing wines. JANCIS ROBINSON MW

I don’t know what is more mind-boggling, the quality of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht’s wines or Olivier Humbrecht’s complete dedication to quality. This tall, powerful, and intellectual man may well be the finest winemaker in the world. WINE ADVOCATE

Arguably Alsace’s most famous domain, Zind-Humbrecht benefits from owning vines in a slew of outstanding grand crus, but the estate’s entry-level wines are often outstanding too. If you were to ask any serious wine expert for his or her list of the top white wine estates in the world today, Alsace’s Domaine Zind-Humbrecht would nearly always be among those included. IAN D’AGATA, Vinous

The two greatest winery visits of my career includes the pilgrimage Michael and I made to Humbrecht in 2019. Trying to convey how impressive that visit was is beyond me. I can, however, attempt to explain why it made such an impression.

In the wine game you visit a lot of estates of varying levels and it is easy, after a while, to become a little jaded. It’s another barrel room. It’s another press. It’s another sorting table etc etc. The estates that stound out most, obviously, are those with the greatest wines and few estates in the world can claim the track record of Humbrecht in that regard. There are other things though, little details that lead you to think that the reason their wines may have that little extra something compared to some other grand estates. So profound was that experience here that I left feeling a sense of awe at the attention to detail, the focus, the obvious restless drive for perfection that is evident in every single aspect of the estate.

It was a behemoth tour of the winery and tasting of the range. Every question was answered honestly and in an insightful and carefully considered manner. The amount of information was a little overwhelming but it was obvious that our host was simply trying to convey their dedication to both the wines and the land that cared for and worked with. A remarkable visit.

I think Olivier’s story is probably pretty well known to many consumers today. He took over his family estate, began to aggressively acquire as many of the best plots in the region as possible. Converted to biodynamics at a time when people still mocked producers for doing so. He was (I am pretty sure) the first Frenchman to get his MW. He hasn’t stopped, or even slowed a little, from his early days in his single minded pursuit of excellence in everything he does.

Now, with access to the best sites in Alsace and a reputation for creating some of the greatest dry white wines on the planet you would think that would be enough to sate his thirst for greatness? One of the things that stood out for me at the tasting there, and one of the things I judge many estates on, is how they present their entry level wines. What is their goal with the wines that are the least expensive in their range. At Humbrecht the goal of the Turckheim range is the same as their top Crus, to make the best expression they possible can with the fruit they grow. The same kind of obsessive attention to detail is shown here as it is for Jebsal or Hengst. This may be the first thing you try from Humbrecht and they want you to love it.

In saying that there is also the understanding that these wines are meant for earlier consumption and digestibility. Olivier is a renowned gastronome and understands that many wines are consumed at the table with friends and family. As good as the Turkheim range are, and they really are good, that is where they are meant to be enjoyed. Drank and enjoyed. Wines full of pleasure and built for enjoyability that retain a serious enough edge to also satisfy the vinous nerds amongst us.

With that, rather long, spiel, we are very excited to see our second shipment of the Turckheim range arrive in Australia. Perhaps the cherry on top is that this selection comes from the remarkable 2019 vintage. As good as it gets we think.