The Humbrecht family viticultural roots can be traced back to The Thirty Years War of 1620. Today they own forty hectares across five villages in the Haut-Rhin, the southern half of the picturesque vineyards overlapping the Vosges foothills, treasured for its idyllic climate, tapestry of terroirs as much for its half-timbered houses.
The 2005 Gewurztraminer Hengst signals “chalk” even in the nose, along with oriental and brown spices and an almost Chartreuse-like suggestion of herbal and floral distillates. Dense and overtly concentrated yet not massive, sweet (from 38 grams residual sugar) and subtly caramelized, yet transparent to herbal, floral and chalky mineral nuances, it finishes impressively on peaches, quinine, licorice, black tea, lily, brown spices, and chalk dust. This formidable Gewurztraminer possesses an underlying firmness – not to mention its youthful complexity – that augers well for 12-15 years in the cellar. [92 Points, David Schildknecht – February 2008 – robertparker.com]