Best of the Best 2011: International White Wines: Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain
During the 19th and 20th centuries, France and Germany vied for control of Alsace, until the Treaty of Versailles made its people citizens of the French Republic in 1919. Patriotic Frenchmen may bristle at the thought, but the region’s viticulture has been greatly enriched by centuries of Teutonic influence, as the names of many of its greatest domaines attest. Among these, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, established in 1959, is perhaps the finest, consistently turning out wines of unparalleled panache. The Domaine Zind-Humbrecht 2008 Pinot Gris Grand Cru Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain (imported through the Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, $85) exhibits razor-sharp acidity that amplifies its notes of mango, mandarin orange, lychee, Lapsang souchong tea, and wet stone.