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"Calcaire" means limestone, describing the soil in which the grapes are grown. Averaging 37 years old, vines grow in limestone/calcareous/siliceous soil, facing east and south in the village of Gueberschwihr. 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.
This dry Riesling has an expressive fruity, citrus nose. The velvety palate finishes with a beautiful ripe acidity, hiding the density of the wine. Its classic limestone minerality will continue to develop over time.