‘Arguably the single most admired dry Riesling made anywhere,’ writes Jancis Robinson on the Trimbach Clos Ste Hune from Alsace. Produced by the Trimbach family since 1626, the 12th generation is continuing the tradition…

Arguably the single most admired dry Riesling made anywhere,’ writes Jancis Robinson on the Trimbach Clos Ste Hune from Alsace. Produced by the Trimbach family since 1626, the 12th generation is continuing the tradition of terroir-driven, dry Rieslings. The 50-year-old Rosacker vineyard is south-southeast facing and is comprised of limestone subsoil. It is a serious, mineral wine made in tiny quantities and ages well for 3 decades.

The other famous Trimbach Riesling is the Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2008; a blend of the Grands Crus Geisberg and Osterberg. At 45 years old, its marl-limestone-sandstone and fossil-flecked Muschelkalk vineyard produces a bigger structure compared to the Clos Ste Hune. The ‘new-release’ 2008 is a knock-out and, it too, will age well for many decades.

We know some people who say, O my God, Trimbach wines are too dry. OK, fine. C’est la vie. Alsace should re-focus on dry wines.’ – Pierre Trimbach
The delicious, entry-level Riesling and fine Riesling Reserve 2014s are also made in what Jancis describes as the ‘uncompromisingly dry, steely, slow-burning, long-lived style’. Both wines promise to age well over the next 10 years.

We are honoured to sell the wines of Maison Trimbach and also have limited quantities of their Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. View all the Trimbach wines.

Tasting notes:

Trimbach, Riesling 2014 – R 240
A creamy white, with fine cut defined by firm acidity, this shows finely meshed flavors of pear, smoke, fleur de sel, anise and lemon meringue. Drink now through 2021. – Wine Spectator, 90/100

Trimbach, Riesling Reserve 2014 – R 325
A firm, bone-dry version, with a subtle mix of crunchy white peach, acacia blossom, Meyer lemon zest and petrol. This is tightly knit now, but the balance and focus suggest it should open with short-term cellaring. Best from 2019 through 2024. – Wine Spectator, 91/100

Trimbach, Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2008 – R 755
The 2008 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile is now in the market and readers shouldn’t miss seeking it out. This is a gorgeously matured dry Riesling classic from Ribeauvillé that drinks perfectly today and pairs with many kind of dishes. The wine has an intense citrus color and opens with a very clear, deep, dense and aromatic bouquet of dried fruits along with herbal and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, pure and elegant, yet complex and mineral on the palate, this is a silky textured but well-structured dry Riesling with intense and persistent fruit, fine tannins and lingering salinity. Bottled April 2009, this is a great dry Riesling blend from the Grands Crus Geisberg and Osterberg. – Wine Advocate, 96/100

Trimbach, Clos Ste Hune 2011 – R 2,250
The 2011 Riesling Clos Ste Hune (in the market now, and which Pierre Trimbach compares with the 1983) is super ripe, rich, intense and complex on the nose. On the palate, this is a rich and concentrated, powerful but elegant and balanced Sainte Hune that currently lacks a bit of tension and vitality. However, the tannins will take the 2011 through many years, even though there is an initial hint of maturity already. Some caramel flavors in the finish. Bottled with 13.9% alcohol plus 6.6 of residual sugar. – Wine Advocate, 93/100

 

 

 

 

 

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