The Grand Cru Sommerberg extends its very steep slopes above the village of Niedermorschwihr. This biotite granite terroir faces due south. The domaine Zind-Humbrecht was able to acquire a very beautiful little plot in the lieu-dit Dudenstein within this Grand Cru. This small 0.32ha vineyard was replanted with our massal Riesling selection (from old Brand vines) in 2013 and at high density (9500 vines/ha). We also rebuilt a large stone wall in the middle of the slope to facilitate the work with the winch and above all to limit erosion. Indeed, it is impossible to work this steep vineyard otherwise. Biotite granite decomposes with the microbiological activity of the soil and produces very interesting clays. Unlike the Brand, where the bedrock is more outcropping, it would seem that the soil of the Sommerberg has more depth. The 2020 was the first Riesling from the estate to have finished its fermentation with a dry wine balance.
1/2022: Bright pale yellow colour. On the nose, we find the precocity of granite and all the aromatic breadth of wines from a warm and luminous terroir. The nose is intense, expressive and reveals a superb aromatic palette of ripe white fruits (vineyard peach, pear, etc.) but also verbena, acacia flower, and even aromas of honey. This wine has a delicate, very elegant touch on the palate and takes up the aromas present on the nose as well. As it opens, the wine becomes intense and persistent while retaining a form of airy lightness. The finish reveals a salivating minerality with the firmness expected on a dry wine. Although this wine is already tasting very well today, this Sommerberg shows a great capacity for evolution by evolving very slowly during the tasting. A great wine for laying down!