The Herrenweg, or "road of the gentlemen," Vineyard is named for its location along the ancient roman way that linked Colmar to the pass through the Vosges Mountains. Its terroir is made of fine sand, silt and large pebbles which provide good drainage capacity and benefit from a warm climate that gives an aromatic intensity to the wines. The age of the vines (averaging 46 years) is paramount as deeper roots are less influenced by poor weather and they can coax more minerality from the soil. Zind-Humbrecht's dedication to terroir expression guides all winemaking practices, which include extended pressing cycles, abbreviated clarification cycles (to retain natural yeasts and proteins in the must), natural malolactic fermentation and extended aging on the lees. The wine is aged 18 months in 40-year-old French barrels.
Intense nose, typical of this vineyard with fresh citrus fruit and a nice mineral presence that gets more and more intense vintage after vintage as the vines get older. The palate is generous and ample right from the start with a juicy character. The acidity is well integrated, without excess, and the finish is fresh and harmonious.