Top 10 volcanic wines

7 – Zind-Humbrecht 2001 Clos Saint Urbain Rangen de Thann Pinot Gris, Alsace

Pinot Gris Rangen Thann CSU[1]Crikey, what a stunner. Again from the sedimentary volcanic soil on the south-facing steep slopes of the Rangen Clos Saint Urbain vineyard.

So much fruit, so much minerality, so much definition and length. Typical Rangen notes of flint, smokiness, even peat, on the nose.

Bursting with juicy exotic fruit and ginger spice. Many years of development to come but fantastically full and open already.

4 Responses to “Top 10 volcanic wines”

  1. Nick Oakley says:

    Etna, Santorini, Tenerife, Pantellaria. I get these. But Alsace? Volcanic?

    • Olivier Humbrecht says:

      There were two types of volcanic activity in the region: submarine in south Alsace, before the emergence of the VOsges mountains above sea level, and more recently in the Kaiserstuhl in Germany. The ashes and vocanic dusts sedimented in the sea and got compacted as the Vosges were pushed out of the sea in a rock called Grauwacke.

  2. Luigi says:

    I cannot believe that any wines from the Campania region was not featured! Greco Di Tufo, Lacryma Christi to name but 2.

  3. See the wonder book by John Szabo MW call Volcanic Wines, recently available online too. Beside the well known regions, some lovely pockets of volcanic terroir to discover.

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