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Turckheim, Haut-Rhin, Alsace
$130.00 per Bottle
"The 1994 Tokay-Pinot Gris Heimbourg V.T. reveals considerable unctuousness, superb richness, and a full-bodied, powerful impression on the palate. Tasting like a barrel sample, it needs another 3-4 years of cellaring. It will taste drier as it evolves, and will last for 25-30 years.
I tasted four Vendange Tardive Pinot Gris offerings from the Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in 1994. Almost all were made from yields that averaged one-half to just over a ton of fruit per acre! Their alcohol levels are in the 15%+ range. Readers should recognize that all of these wines take concentration, extract, intensity, alcohol, purity, and mouth-savoring characteristics to the maximum. In short, they represent the essence of great winemaking - tiny yields from profoundly well-placed vineyards, spectacular concentration and balance, and the potential for 25-30+ years of ageability. Depending on the level of acidity (unusually high in this vintage) these wines taste off-dry rather than moderately sweet. To reiterate, only the greatest Montrachets from Burgundy attain this stature. And if the truth be known, these wines are richer and more ageworthy than most Montrachets.
With respect to the recently released wines, Olivier Humbrecht stated that he had never seen such intensely ripe Pinot Gris with such high levels of acidity." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #105
Drink from: 1999-2026
"Remember those vanilla ice cream bars covered with crushed, toasted almonds you loved as a kid? Here's the grown-up version, rich and sweet and long. Hard to match with food, but great on its own as dessert." Wine Spectator