I have travelled through many French wine regions but I don’t think I have ever been so welcomed as I was in Alsace. The winemakers welcome you with open arms and are always happy to spend hours telling you the history of their family, their domaine and their wines. They offer tastings that not only help you to discover the cuvées but also their typical dishes like Munster cheese or Flammekueche.
One of the most exciting wine estates in this region is Domaine Trimbach. Founded in 1626, thirteen generations of the Trimbach family have promoted Alsace and its history through the centuries. Located in the heart of Ribeauvillé near Colmar, the vineyard is composed of a rich, mosaic soils including limestone, sandstone, marl and clay to name a few. These natural assets provide the perfect conditions for an array of aromatic grape varieties.
Trimbach wines acquired true international acclaim in 1898 when Frédéric Emile Trimbach received the highest distinction at the International Wine Fair in Brussels. Today, the estate exports more than 85% of its wines and they are much sought-after by connoisseurs around the world.
If I had to choose only three of their cuvées, I would start with the Riesling Réserve 2014. It is yellow-gold in colour with intense aromatics on the nose. You find typical petrol notes but also lemon, apricot, nectarines and peaches. The palate is rich, dry and well-structured with notes of citrus. I advise that you to drink it with seafood but especially crab, oysters or sea urchin.
The Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle 2013 is another wonderful wine. In the glass it is pale-gold. The nose is aromatic and is revealed little by little with aeration. You discover apricot and ripe pear aromas but also mango and touch of botrytis. It is full-bodied with ripe fruits on the palate. The finish is long and rich with a good acidity. Pinot Gris is more aromatic than Riesling so a good pairing would be foie gras or risotto with morels.
Last but not least, I advise you to try the Clos Sainte Hune 2011. Few years ago, Robert Parker affirmed that ‘Clos Sainte Hune is the quintessential Riesling. It is unquestionably the finest produced in France and can rival any Riesling producing in the world’. Composed of only Riesling, this cuvée has a yellow-gold colour. The nose reveals complex aromas of flowers, ripe peaches, pineapple and vanilla. The palate is deep and driven by a good acidity. You find minerality in the finish but also citrus confit and some spice. This wine is still young and can be drunk in ±10 years. If you can’t wait, you should taste it with sushi, Walnuts St. Jacques or caviar on mango jelly. Enjoy!
– Alexandra Parfus, Wine Cellar