WA 94+: 2015 Gewurztraminer Rangen de Thann Clos Saint Urbain has a pure and flinty bouquet of white ripe fruit aromas. Full-bodied, this is a rich, fresh and tension-filled wine with fine yet grippy tannins and lots of salt. Very intense, yet with moderate sweetness. The finish is clear, almost dry due to its minerality.
Intense bright gold color. The nose is very dense, almost tactile with rock dust, smoke, overpowering any varietal aromatics. Some people think of reduction, but this aromatic profile (strong flinty character) is the signature of this vineyard. The palate fills the mouth and conveys power and intensity. Salty tactile touch on the finish that makes it taste drier than the numbers would suggest. This is a classic big Rangen, and like any other Gewurztraminer in 2015, packed with ripe tannins that bring balance and ageing potential.