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 beautifull & 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.
Cuvée Frédéric Emile Grand Cru
Like many of the Trimbach wines this is released from the cellars with considerable bottle age. It is a superb introduction to their top Riesling wines.
By the 1960s, the Trimbach family decided that it was time for a second great dry Riesling, and so they created the Cuvée Frédéric Emile. Unlike the mono-cru Clos Ste. Hune, the new cuvée was a blend of two grand cru sites: Geisberg and Osterberg. The soils in both crus are clay and limestone over sandstone; the soils are not only stony, they are strongly alkaline, producing a wine of intense minerality and powerful acidity.
The site also benefits from the strong winds that blow across it, keeping the grapes dry and lessening the incidence of botrytis. This is essential for the purity, precision and restraint that define Cuvée Frédéric Emile. The cooling wind also allows extended hang time, yielding fruit of stunning complexity.
Like Clos Ste. Hune, Cuvée Frédéric Emile has astonishing aging capacity—with time developing remarkable expressiveness, including a nuance that the Trimbachs describe as “toasted bread and white truffle.”
As with Clos Ste. Hune, when the conditions are right, the Trimbach’s don’t hesitate to make stunning Vendange Tardive and SGN bottlings of Freddie Emile. Despite their richness and concentration, they maintain the gyroscopic balance and sense of grace that are Frédéric Emile’s hallmarks.