Vinous 88 points - (a blend of 70% Chardonnay and 30% Auxerrois): Bright straw. Clean yellow fruits and lemony spices on the nose, lifted by a hint of grapefruit. Bright, clean and broad, showing modest flavor delineation. Finishes fairly dry, with lovely freshness, a peppery edge and a hint of oak. As much as I admire Humbrecht’s incredible skill as a winemaker, I really think that Chardonnay is the wrong grape to plant in Alsace.
The Humbrecht family has been winegrowers in Alsace since 1620 but the Domaine came by its current name when Leonard Humbrecht married Genevieve Zind in 1959. Located in the heart of the Herrenweg vineyard, Leonard significantly expanded the familyís holdings to include an enviable collection of Grand Cru and other high quality vineyards. The Domaine is currently managed by Leonardís son, Olivier Humbrecht, the only Alsacian winemaker to attain M.W. status. A staunch advocate for biodynamic farming, Olivier tailors every aspect of viticulture and winemaking based on terroir. Whether a single vineyard or a blend, place and vintage are clearly and unmistakably expressed in each wine.