Trimbach

Our Prestige and Collection Wines


Our Prestige and Collection Wines


 

Riesling “Clos Sainte Hune”, Vendanges Tardives (Late Harvest) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (Selection of Noble Berries Wines) . Names evoking Pleasure, Gastronomy and Ageability.


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Riesling « Clos Sainte Hune »

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.

Wine ageing : 15-20 years +

Vintage 2011 is now available in very limited quantities. Please contact us.

 

Wine ageing Minerality is the Dominating Sensation

Serge Dubs, World’s Best Sommelier 1989

““If there is one Riesling in the world which every wine lover dreams of tasting and savoring, it is “Clos Sainte-Hune”.

A high-quality dry wine, distinguished, refined, elegant, with beautifully ripe fruit and a pronounced minerality which lend it its unique temperament.

It has its own signature and is sublime in great vintages. It is a wine which inspires dreams thanks to its harmony and its exceptional capacity to age.””



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« Vendanges Tardives » or Late Harvest

Reserved for the four noble grape varieties; Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Riesling or Muscat grapes, picked when over-ripe a few weeks after the official start of harvest. The grapes, generally affected by noble rot, are selected from only the best vineyards and only in exceptional years. The “Vendanges Tardives” wines retain natural residual sugar which is in perfect balance with their delightful freshness. These wines are wonderfully intense and have an exceptional finish. They are particularly well suited for foie gras, very rich, creamy dishes, blue cheeses, washed-rind cheeses and velvety desserts.

  • Riesling
  • The Trimbach Family picks the Riesling grapes as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavour and complexity. Those extra riped grapes have generally some noble rot, botritys cinerea.

    Exceptionnally, we are spoiled and produce a Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” “Vendanges Tardives”, like in 2000 or 2001. Then we are located on the same parcels of vines than Cuvée Frédéric Emile, so to say Geisberg and Osterberg.

    In some lucky vintages, like 2002, we can produce a Riesling “Vendanges Tardives” and the grapes are from some lieux-dits in Ribeauvillé (old vines, marl and limestone soils, south east facing). Some vintages are not produced, for quality reasons.

    Food and wine pairing : Desserts, foie gras, rich dishes, etc. Excellent on its own for meditation…

    Ageing potential : Minimum 15 years and often much more

    Availability : Riesling 2002 Vendanges Tardives

  • Pinot
  • Only produced in the best vintages like 1990, 1997, 1999 and 2000, Late Harvest Pinot Gris is quite difficult to get as the grape’s skin is very thin and fragile and can rot easily if it starts raining or so.

    The strict legislation about VTs and SGNs says that Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer grapes have to reach a minimum potential of 15,3°.

    The best matches would be goose foie gras, goose pâté, white meats on creamy sauces, asiatic cuisine, loabster, etc.

    Available at the winery : Pinot Gris 2008 Vendanges Tardives

    Ageing potential : 10 – 15 years +

  • Gewurztraminer
  • After the harvests, the wish of each winemaker in Alsace is to get superb fruit quality, with botrytis or just the extra riped fruits concentrated in sugar.

    Depending on the vintage, Pierre Trimbach produces Gewurztraminer Late Harvest with noble rot or thanks to passerillage, like in 1997 or 2003 (it means the berries grill thanks to the sun and concentrate in sugar).

    This botrytis gives to the wine a somptuous complex side and some fatness, whereas the concentrated fruits give a sort of power to the wine, but very elegantly.

    We highly appreciate a Gewurztraminer with several dishes, from traditional duck foie gras to oriental cuisine, especially from Moroco, or with asiatic cuisine, like the spicy chinese cuisine and of course most of the desserts. Gewurztraminer V.T. can also be the dessert for it self !

    Ageing potential : 10 – 15 years +

    Available at our tasting room : Gewurztraminer 2009 Vendanges Tardives


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« Selection de Grains Nobles » or Noble Rot

The even rarer “Sélection de Grains Nobles” (selection of noble berries), results from the selective picking of each grape which has been shriveled by noble rot. This harvest is only conducted in perfect weather conditions. Thanks to botrytis these exceptionally luscious wines boast a unique aromatic complexity and offer a surprising ageing potential.

  • Riesling
  • Noble Berries Selection of Riesling are extremely rare due to the perfect weather conditions we need to get them. We select the noble berries very strictly.

    Our noble Rieslig grapes are coming from Geisberg and Osterberg, where the winds are blowing quite often. That’s one of the reasons Riesling S.G.N. is hard to produce. When we are lucky and can produce such a nectar, like in 2000 or 2001, we call the wine Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” “Sélection de Grains Nobles”.

    Riesling S.G.N. are complex and incredibly elegant. You can enjoy them for themselves, but also on a Foie Gras, rich meals and some desserts.

    The longevity of Riesling “Sélection de Grains Nobles” is unbelievable.

    Ageing potential : Very long. 20 years +

  • Pinot
  • Our Pinot Gris “Sélection de Grains Nobles” is produced in the best vintages including 1989, 1990 ou 2000 and recently 2005. The noble rot helps the natural sugar and the acidity of the berries to sometimes reach levels of records ! Thanks to the sugar and acidity kept in the wine, Selection de Grains Nobles can usually be kept years and years… Not 10 years, but 20, 30 and more !

    Ageing potential : Very long. 20 years +

    Availability : Pinot Gris 2005 S.G.N. (97 Points Wine Spectator – 95 Points R. Parker)

  • Gewurztraminer
  • Pierre Trimbach, following his father Bernard’s steps, only produces the Gewurztraminer “Sélection de Grains Nobles” in the best vintages such as 1967, 1971, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990 1994, 1997, 2000 and 2001.

    A potential of 18.2° is requiered when the grapes are picked and selected in the vineyards.

    Of course, this does not happen every year in our vineyards in Hunawihr (Muhlforst) and Ribeauvillé (Trottacker, Osterberg).

    Drink the Gewurztraminer “Sélection de Grains Nobles” for itself, for meditation, or with rich dishes or desserts.

    At the tasting room : Gewürztraminer 2001 “Sélection de Grains Nobles” and 2007 “Sélection de Grains Nobles Hors-Choix”

    Ageing potential : 15-20 years and more