A question for you -- what is the vintage of this wine?
If your answer is 2002 then you are wrong, and correct at the same time.
Look again at the "vintage" year on the label. It doesn't say 2002. Instead it reads Z2 (Z followed by two images of the end of a barrel and a 2.
Sharp eyes will have also spotted that this wines is classed as a "vin de table" - a simple table wine - rather than the expected superior Alsace Appellation Contrôlée that the rest of Domaine Zind Humbrecht's wines enjoy.
Zind Humbrecht came into being in 1959 when Léonard Humbrecht married Geneviève Zind. The two families' vineyards were also joined and now enjoy the reputation of one of the finest in Alsace. It is run by Leonard and son Olivier organically and on bio-dynamic principles in which phases of the moon determine timing of vineyard tasks, and cow horns filled with special preparations are buried in fields.
They planted some Chardonnay vines which they felt would be ideal in their terroir. This wine is a blend of 50% Auxerrois, 35% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Blanc. However, Chardonnay is not one of the traditional Alsace varieties approved by the French authorities so this wine is not eligible for Appellation Contrôlée status. And table wines are not allowed to show a vintage year on their label. So if you misread Z2 as vintage 2002 you were mistaken. Although in fact the grapes were picked and the wine made in that year.
This wine was golden yellow colour, full bodied with ripe pear and nutty flavours, with a sweet edge and tangy finish. tasted October 2005