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Pinot-Gris Roche Volcanique 2018


Pinot-Gris Roche Volcanique 2018

Bottling date :
January 2020
Alcohol :
Residual sugar :
11 g/l
Total Acidity :
2.7 g/l H2SO4 / (4.2g/l Tartaric)
pH :
Yield :
45 hl/ha
Optimum drinking period :
Average age of the vines :
35 years
Terroir :
Sedimentary volcanic rocks, facing South, very steep slope.
Indice :

Description :

When my father Leonard Humbrecht acquired the Clos-Saint-Urbain in 1977, only half was actually planted. For about 10 years, we worked hard to cut the shrubs, rebuilt walls and paths in order to be able to plant vines. These vines have today acquired a venerable age (35 years average) but some vintages we do prefer to vinify them separately and do not classify them as Grand Cru. Most of the time, if it isn’t a ripeness difference (dry/sweet potential) it is a difference in yield. I am the first to admit that in 2018, the difference is very small! The vines behaved very well in 2018. Surely, the roots were able to reach the richer deeper layers in the volcanic rock, ensuring a better supply of water during the very dry and hot summer. The fermentation was slightly slower than usual and the wine kept a small amount of sweetness.

Tasting Notes :

4/2020: classic Rangen rich yellow colour. The nose boasts smoky aromas, flint, crushed rocks…. It also announces a long and powerful palate. There is a clear influence of the vineyard in this wine. The finish is bold, intense, long, showing a complex salivating acidity. There is lots of energy in this wine and lots of ageing potential!

Awards :

James Suckling - 94
6 Nov, 2020 – This pinot gris is not only the ripe and rich kind you can drink with foie gras, it has a texture that actually reminds me a bit of foie gras. Lots of salted-butter and salted-caramel character with some cooked quince, the hint of sweetness already beautifully integrated right through the long, ripe finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.