97 Pts David Schildknecht - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
This is a 375ML or half bottle.
"When botrytis rapidly overtakes the grapes, says Humbrecht, as it did those of the 2005 Pinot Gris Heimbourg Selection de Grains Nobles, the ennobling effect is all the more concentrated and dramatic. And when high acidity is added to the effect of botrytis â as is also the case here â the yeasts seldom stand a chance of getting very far along in fermentation (in this instance 10% alcohol) and even an enormous amount of residual sugar (here 219 grams) does not come off as cloying. An absolutely ethereal concentration of pure botrytisin, honey, apricot nectar, litchi, white raisin, and cinnamon spice on the nose set the tone for this amazingly rich, buttery-textured, yet buoyant and positively invigorating wine. Licorice, vanilla, and saline, chalky mineral threads weave their way into the already intricate and plush carpet of flavors in a finish of astonishing lift and refinement. This extraordinary wine will reward at least three decades in the cellar." 97 points - David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate
"(from grapes picked at 155o Oechsle) Medium gold. High-toned, utterly vibrant aromas of apricot liqueur and honey. Spectacularly tangy and rich, combining nectar-like stone fruit and honey flavors with saline soil tones. A classic nobly rotten combination of huge sugars (actually more than 200 g/l r.s.) and bracing acidity. Finishes with palate-saturating length and great verve." 96 points - Stephen Tanzer - International Wine Cellar
"A honeyed style, this is very concentrated and lush, with apricot, clover honey, passion fruit and grapefruit flavors as it unfolds across the palate. Racy, finishing clean as a whistle despite its obvious sweetness. Best from 2008 through 2040. 90 cases made." 95 points Wine Spectator
"The Heimbourg of Turckheim is a small vineyard sloping 35% to the west, facing the east side of the Brand, then turning abruptly towards the south with the slope increasing to over 50%. Climatically, this hillside enjoys a lengthy period of evening sunshine, because thanks to its position facing the Munster valley, the vines are not in the shade created by the Vosges mountains. The west side is a late-ripening area, the grapes ripen slowly, always retain good acidity and develop noble rot late. The south side is naturally a lot warmer and early-ripening (the same goes for the Clos Jebsal), but always benefits from the wind from the valley which prevents the noble rot from developing too early."
"The soil structure is a clay-limestone substratum (oligocene limestone and interbedded marl) where the yellow or white calcareous rocks are present in large numbers on the surface. We have chosen to plant the Pinot Gris in the upper part which faces west and has the poorest and stoniest soil. The Gewurztraminer lies just below, also facing west. The small south side was planted with Riesling in 1994. The wines produced on the Heimbourg are rich, opulent, often very spicy and affected with noble rot. The slower ripening of the grapes often produces more aromatic wines when young that its neighbour the Clos Jebsal." -Winery