Clear, deep, complex, fresh, and mineral on the nose with lemon, floral (blossom) and some caramel flavors; it is very fresh and subtle. Clear and mineral on the palate, incredibly fresh and vital, the 2007 Riesling Clos Ste Hune reveals great purity, finesse, and a lingering salty finish with a lot of tension and a very good grip. Really stimulating. A great dry Riesling.
Pierre Trimbach was in a hurry when he presented me the 2013 range along with some of the 2012s, which are still in the markets. However, 90 minutes wewa enough to learn that 2013 as well as 2014 were small vintages in terms of quantity, but at least the 2013s have an extraordinary good quality; namely, the age worthy Rieslings (with the world class Clos Sainte Hune on the top and the remarkably good Geisberg Grand Cru), but also the dry Gewurztraminers, especially the RÃ©serve and the rarely produced CuvÃ©e des Seigneurs Ribeaupierre, are impressively good. Pierre Trimbach calls 2012 "a classic vintage." The sugar levels were "good though not exceptional." Also, the acidity was "good -- not as high as in 2010, 2013 and 2014, but better than in 2011." Last but not least, the quantity is better than in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Some of the vines suffered from drought, but the Rieslings (which were mainly sourced in the southern part of the region) are of excellent quality and provided with a very good aging potential (which is important for a domaine that sells more than 50% Rieslings or 350,000 bottles). For Trimbach fans, it is important to know that the family has launched the first-ever terroir named wine, the 2009 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg. Although I did not taste the 2009, I was impressed by the quality of the 2013 and rated it even higher than the iconic CuvÃ©e FrÃ©dÃ©ric Emile (yet not so from the 2012 vintage). The grapes from the 2.6 ha plot on the Geisberg have always been part of the famous CuvÃ©e, which has always been (and will remain) a blend of the Osterberg and Geisberg grands crus of RibeauvillÃ©. But since the nuns of the Couvent de RibeauvillÃ©, from whom the grapes have always being bought, insisted that the quality of the grapes were worth to be used for an exclusive Geisberg Grand Cru ("otherwise..."), Trimbach had to accept and so the domaine's first declared Grand Cru was born. Most likely there will be a second Grand Cru soon. In 2012 the Trimbach family purchased a plot in the Kientzheim Grand Cru Schlossberg. Whereas the vintages 2012 and 2013 were finally blended with the classic Trimbach Riesling, the 2014 seems good enough to become Trimbach's second Grand Cru. Pierre Trimbach: "We had to restore the vineyard first and force the roots to go deeper into the shallow granite soil, otherwise we would have big stress problems in dry vintages." The Clos Sainte Hune, however, sourced from a 1.67 hectare small plot within the Rosacker Grand Cru that has been family-owned for more than 200 years, will remain what it is is -- a brand wine. Consumers think it is a terroir wine anyway, and even when not, they will consider it as one of the finest dry Rieslings on planet wine. Trimbach fans should also include the domaine when it comes to detecting Alsace's potential for great Pinot Noir. Trimbach's RÃ©serve Personelle (or RÃ©serve Cuve 7 in France) is on a good way in any case.
Very elegant and refined, with good tension throughout from the racy acidity. Flavors of fresh-cut apple, white peach, lanolin, fleur de sel and blanched almond, with a hint of lemon zest, resonate through this tightly knit white, which should open up beautifully with time. Drink now through 2030. 825 cases made. â€“AN