Why is this Wine so Yummy?
Each region around the world has epic producers, in Alsace you think of Albert Mann, Zind Humbrecht, Ostertag and always Trimbach.
Trimbach has certainly had plenty of practice. In only nine years they’ll celebrate the families 400th year making wine!
Over the centuries they have never stopped evolving.
The first celebrated release of Clos Ste Hune was in 1919, followed by the release of Cuvée Frédéric Emile in the 1960’s, and, now two new Grand Cru’s the Geisberg 2009, and, the very first Schlossberg in 2014, which we offer today.
The Schlossberg vineyard has been leased from the Nunn’s of the local convent who insist it be bottled separately and not blended into a blended Cuvée.
There’s a strong theme across the wines of vibrant flavours, elegance and sophistication, zesty acid for near-dry wines, balanced by great depth of fruit. These are some of the most beautiful & pure expressions of Riesling made today.
Although I’ve used the term Grand Cru throughout the offer, Trimbach, like Soldera and Gaja, doesn’t always agree with the local classifications, thinking it too broad, allowing inferior sites onto the Grand Cru list in some instances. You won’t see the term on their Clos Ste Hune Label.
Clos Ste Hune
This is undoubtedly one of the world’s best Rieslings!
In 1919, after centuries of making Rieslings, the Trimbach family created one of the world’s greatest dry white wines: Clos Ste. Hune.
Trimbach produces this holy-grail wine from the tiny 3-acre Clos Ste. Hune. The Clos (walled vineyard) lies within the Rosacker grand cru. Yet, the Trimbachs label their treasure simply as Clos Ste. Hune, just as they have since 1919. They refer to neither Rosacker nor grand cru; Clos Ste. Hune transcends both. It is hors classe in the same way that Ch. d’Yquem is in Sauternes.
Clos Ste. Hune balances its enveloping richness with an intense minerality, remarkable finesse and great structure. This is thanks to Clos Ste. Hune’s 50-year-old vines, planted in cool, calcareous-clay soil with a gentle incline and a high percentage of limestone. Thus, like a Raveneau grand cru Chablis, the more it ages, the more profound Clos Ste. Hune becomes.
The Trimbachs continue to make Clos Ste. Hune as they did in the past: a cool, slow fermentation; a quick racking to remove the wine from the lees; no malolactic fermentation; and a short period of ageing in neutral wood foudre before bottling early to retain the fruit. The wine is then aged for an incredible five years in bottle before being released.
In great years, tiny amounts of Vendange Tardive are made, but they are different from other VT’s. They result not from botrytis but passerillage—dehydration caused by the sap returning to the vines root system. They boast immense concentration and complexity, but only off-dry levels of residual sugar, as Trimbach vinifies them to be as dry as possible. Like other Clos Ste. Hunes, the VT’s are capable of immortality.
This exceptional wine is a product of the terroir in the “Rosacker” vineyard, located in the village of Hunawihr. This parcel of land, which stretches over 1.67 hectares, has been in the Trimbach family for more than 200 years.
The south, south-east facing vines are on average 50 years old and lie on a predominantly limestone subsoil. These factors give this Riesling a unique flavor of remarkable fruit concentration, enhanced by a refined hint of minerality on the finish.
After a few years of ageing, the typical characteristics of the “Clos Sainte Hune” terroir vibrantly shine through the glass.
The small annual production of 8,000 bottles on average, makes this wine an extremely rare treasure, much sought after by Riesling lovers and collectors across the globe.
Trimbach’s “Clos Sainte Hune” wine has an exceptional ageing potential as it can age 7 to 10 years after bottling without even reaching its peak.
The Trimbach Family keeps the bottles 5 years in the cellar for ageing before release.
Words from the Familly
I took the timelapse sequence below a few years back. Somehow it seems to fit this wine perfectly.