About the Wine
"This is likely to become a memorable Frederic Emile. So much so, in fact, that it's currently impossible to choose between it and the more famous Clos Sainte Hune. ~Vinous Media.
Trimbach is Riesling’s Top Alsace producer. If you want to discover the true power and aging capacity of a high-quality Riesling, Maison Trimbach should be at the top of your list. This Maison is crafting some of the most exceptional Rieslings in the world.
Wine Spectator said, “In Alsace, although most wines tend to be dry and fuller-bodied than their German counterparts, Trimbach's house style is quite the opposite: graceful and intense, with an austere character.”
This Maison has been around since the 16th century when the Trimbach family arrived from Switzerland. Twelve generations of disruptive winemakers have impregned their expertise into Trimbach. Today, Pierre Trimbach, an enologist who graduated from Beaune, is leading this world-renowned estate.
Trimbach’s location couldn’t be more perfect. Its semi-continental weather brings extreme temperatures, with very cold winters, which are optimal for high-quality Riesling to thrive. The soil is composed of marl-limestone-sandstone and shell limestone (Muschelkalk), which gives Trimbach's wines a remarkable personality.
The 140-acre vineyard is planted with vines of 45 years of age on average. They’re distributed in some of the best terroirs in Alsace: Ribeauvillé, Bergheim y Hunawihr. Each of them provides different and exciting characteristics to the wines.
Trimbach’s vineyards are managed under sustainable practices and certified by the HVE3. For more than 10 years, they’ve been doing fully organic viticulture.
A dry and powerful Riesling, underlined by a mineral note and with finely chopped acidity. This Riesling is meant to age,and after 8 years, it's perfect to drink today. With Antonio Galloni comparing this wine to the $400 single vineyard Clos St. Hune, you'll be lucky to have this wine at less than 1/4 of the price.
Tasting Notes: 100% Riesling.
See Critical Reviews for detailed tasting notes.
So much mineral and sliced apple character with hints of orange and apple peel. Turns to steely character. Full-bodied, racy, and bright. So lively. Great finish. Drink or hold on release. On the market in 2019. ~96 James Suckling.
The 2014 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile is highly complex on the clear, intense and smoky, lemony nose. Clear, fresh, straight and very mineral on the nose, this is a pure but complex, intense, stony Riesling that is pretty austere at the moment. Provided with racy acidity, but concentrated and mineral on the palate, this is exceptional dry Riesling with great tension. To be served in 10, 20 and even in 30 years. ~94+ Wine Advocate.
Vivid straw-green. Delicate nuances of jasmine and lemon verbena complicate aromas of green apple, lime and minerals. Pure and penetrating on the palate, boasting superb definition to the flavors of gin, mint, minerals, violet and lemon zest. The finish is remarkably crystalline and long. This Frederic Emile is currently dominated by its Osterberg component (the cuvee is a blend of Osterberg and Geisberg grand cru grapes), which brings chiseled acidity, as opposed to the Geisberg's ripe fruit personality and licorice quality. Despite the difficult year, this is likely to become a memorable Frederic Emile. So much so, in fact, that it's currently impossible to choose between it and the more famous Clos Sainte Hune. ~94+ Vinous Media.
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