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These notes accompany our in-depth feature on Biodynamic Alsace.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Zind 2004
Chardonnay, Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc sometimes. Rich, leesy, peach and apricot notes. Some notes of green fig. Broad orange and lemon pith fruit and acid character. Much drier and much more crisp and grapefruity that the nose suggests. Delicious, mouth-wateringly dry. Waitrose. Indice 1

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Zind 2003
In Waitrose currently. Lovely honeyed notes have developed, with a nectarine and very juicy quality. Beautifully sweet edge to the fruit, lots of orange and marmalady tang, lovely length and sweetness comes through in finish, Indice 2 and a very different wine from this hugely ripe vintage.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Riesling Gueberscwihr 2004
Lovely nutty Cox's Pippin character. Nice note of petrolly background. Very dry on the palate, with very grapefruity dry acidity, but the sweetness of the fruit balances. Lovely, richly textured wine. Indice 1.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Riesling Turckheim 2004
Made from vines in mostly Brand vineyard, but vines less than 25 years old. Intense minerality here, with a background of lovely honey and smoky notes, some hints of flowers. Palate has a stony, firm minerality, and a lot of orangy, tangy orange pith fruit flavours. There's a tiny note of saltiness too, in a complex wine. Indice 1.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Riesling Herrenweg de Turckheim 2004
Gravelly soils right outside winery. There's a dryness and minerality here, with an intensely dry palate of underripe pear and lemon fruit. Very racy, with masses of lemony acidity. Indice 1.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Riesling Clos Häuserer 2004
Marl Limestone soil, 30 years old at bottom of Hengst vineyard. Some herbal complexity here, with a touch of nettle and an underlying sense of richness. Some hints of sweeter, riper, nectarine skins. The palate here is immensely salty, pithy and dry, with a rich, very powerful texture that adds flesh and juiciness. Lots of tangy, juicy orange acidity but that minerality and complexity with little spice and tea notes continues. Indice 1.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Riesling Clos St Urbain Rangen de Thann 2004
Fantastic honeyed, slightly figgy richness and opulence. A real flinty, schisty minerality too. Lovely complexity. On the palate this is tight and mineral. Here is a mass of grapefruity, dry and tight fruit and acidity at this stage. That herbal character comes through, in a long, ever-changing complex finish that is bone dry, but somehow hints at that honeyed richness beneath. Needs time. Indice 1.

Zind-Humbrecht (France) Riesling Heimbourg 2004
Beautifully honeyed and rich, with a certain lushness and a complex tea, dust and smoky character. On the palate a wonderful juiciness, with a fine, rich, apricot and peach ripeness, but that cool, fresh, very biting mineral and lime acidity counteracts 20g/l of sugar and a fine ripe quality. Beautifully balanced, tangy and delicious. Indice 2.

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