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Trimbach

Trimbach
Website : www.maison-trimbach.com

Earning a listing for one of your wines at a Michelin-starred restaurant is a proud moment – so what must it be like to be featured by every single three Michelin-starred restaurant in France (that’s 27 in total)?

It’s an accolade that reflects the historic excellence and purist vision of F. E. Trimbach, unquestionably one of the great names of Alsace and a family business that can trace its origins all the way back to 1626.

Thirteen generations later, the Trimbachs of 2014 – brothers Bernard and Hubert, plus Bernard’s sons, Pierre and Jean, and granddaughter Anne – remain true to the philosophy handed down to them by their 19th century ancestor, Frédéric Emile (the man who put the “F.E.” into F. E. Trimbach).

In stylistic terms, that means wines that are typically made to a bone-dry template, strong on structure, longevity and fruit, with unparalleled elegance, balance and food-friendly versatility.

From the zesty freshness of Trimbach Pinot Blanc to the rich opulence of Clos Sainte Hune Riesling – one of the region’s greatest wines – Trimbach offers a pure reflection of the sun-warmed, limestone-dominated vineyards surrounding Ribeauvillé, the medieval town that has been the family’s home for nearly a century.

It’s a style perhaps best summed up by Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile: the Trimbach family’s signature wine, bone-dry and tingling with minerality, treading a fine line between powerful intensity and delicate freshness, and built to last for many years.

And then there are the exceptions to the trademark Trimbach “dry” philosophy, the luscious, sumptuous dessert wines under the Vendanges Tardives or Sélection des Grains Nobles labels. Sweet, yes, but remaining true to the Trimbach vision – eschewing the vulgar or obvious in favour of length, depth and finesse.

Other wines by this producer

  1. 1994 Gewurztraminer SGN, Trimbach
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    1994 Gewurztraminer SGN, Trimbach

    (12x37.5cl)

    Apricots, white peach, lemon, rose and beeswax. A wine with unreal depth and rich, concentrated fruits on the palate. Brilliantly balanced by the zesty acidity with such power and fullness. Decadence in a bottle.

  2. 2001 Gewurztraminer Selection Grains Nobles, Trimbach

    Peaches and nectarines abound on the nose, along with scents of lemon, rose and beeswax. The wine manages to be both extremely concentrated and yet very easy to taste, with brilliantly balanced acidity. One of the great Trimbach wines.

  3. 2007 Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle, Trimbach

    Toasted nuts, marzipan and salinity underscore the peach and apple fruit here. A hint of honey adds nobility and relatively high acidity adds primary juiciness in the long, fascinatingly smoky, nutty, and mineral finish.

  4. 2007 Gewurztraminer Reserve, Trimbach

    With its years of bottle age, this wine has taken on a medium gold colour in the glass and the nose shows complex development as the primary lychee fruit segues into beeswax and camomile. In the palate there are lush lemons and mouthfilling grapiness, tropical fruit and a hint of smoke.

  5. 2007 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile, Trimbach

    Very attractive already, quite powerful nose. Full bodied wine with intensity, depth and beautiful mineral flavour. Rich, ripe acidity in the palate. Great personality and finesse. Full of charm already after nearly 4 years of bottle ageing.

  6. 2007 Gewurztraminer Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre, Trimbach

    Redolent of roses, lychees and spices, this immensely rich Gewurztraminer is so unctuous and viscous when young that it can seem slightly sweet even though it is fermented almost dry. This massive body is balanced by an almost chalky fresh minerality and extract with a result that the wine boasts the elegance and finesse which are the Trimbach trademark.

  7. 2007 Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive, Trimbach

    One whiff of the Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive and your sense of smell is instantly pervaded with ham hock, celery root, brown spices, mint and honey. Primary juices include rose petals and spice and a dusty botrytis character to follow. This is a lusciously sweet and complex wine.

  8. 2011 Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive, Trimbach

    One whiff of the Gewurztraminer Vendange Tardive and your sense of smell is instantly pervaded with ham hock, celery root, brown spices, mint and honey. Primary juices include rose petals and spice and a dusty botrytis character to follow. This is a lusciously sweet and complex wine.

  9. 2008 Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive, Trimbach

    The botrytized, apricot and mango-scented wine has bags of elegance. It is medium bodied, beautifully structured and very well-balanced. White peaches are explicitly evident adding complexity to this powerful, delicate and silky smooth wine.

  10. 1990 Pinot Gris Vendange Tardive, Trimbach

    The botrytized, apricot and mango-scented wine has bags of elegance. It is medium bodied, beautifully structured and very well-balanced. White peaches are explicitly evident adding complexity to this powerful, delicate and silky smooth wine.

  11. 2007 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile. Trimbach

    Very attractive already, quite powerful nose. Full bodied wine with intensity,depth and beautiful mineral flavour. Rich, ripe acidity in the palate. Great personality and finesse.

  12. 2011 Pinot Gris Réserve, Trimbach

    One of the noblest of the Alsace grapes, Pinot Gris produces a full, heady, rich and lush wine in Trimbach’s hands. It is technically dry, but the style is so fruity and full, with such a long palate that the illusion of sweetness is maintained. Watch out too for a smokiness on the finish. Its great depth is balanced by a crisp acidity that gives structure and longevity.

  13. 2011 Riesling Réserve, Trimbach

    White flowers, lemon notes and minerality touch on the nose. Fresh and vibrant, grapefruit and citrus, white peach, this wine has a long finish which is a sign of a beautiful future for the wine.

  14. 2012 Pinot Noir Réserve, Trimbach

    The wine is light and herby on the palate with vibrant strawberry and cherry flavours. Round and structured, the more intense, vegetal characters will develop with bottle age in place of the primary red fruit flavours. The wine is medium bodied and has perfect, soft tannin. A classic expression of Alsace Pinot noir, traditionally served chilled.

  15. 2012 Riesling, Trimbach
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    2012 Riesling, Trimbach

    (6x75cl)

    Elegant and classic with grapefruit and white peach on the nose fully integrated into a food-friendly structure. The drivers are minerality and a crisp lemony acid backbone leading in to a long finish.

  16. 2012 Gewurztraminer, Trimbach
    whitewine

    2012 Gewurztraminer, Trimbach

    (6x75cl)

    Full, balanced and very aromatic. Depending on the vintage, the principal aromas of Gewurztraminer are lychee, rose, ginger and geranium. The Trimbach Gewurztraminer is dry and shows classic restraint, without any loss of the Gewurztraminer's exotic and spicy feature.

  17. 2012 Riesling, Trimbach
    whitewine

    2012 Riesling, Trimbach

    (12x37.5cl)

    Elegant and classic with grapefruit and white peach on the nose fully integrated into a food-friendly structure. The drivers are minerality and a crisp lemony acid backbone leading in to a long finish.

  18. 2012 Gewurztraminer, Trimbach
    whitewine

    2012 Gewurztraminer, Trimbach

    (12x37.5cl)

    If you are expecting a heavy lychee-richness you will be surprised by the incredibly pure fresh and grapey nose of this Alsace classic. The palate is dry, but extremely full bodied, with a gorgeous mouthfilling texture leading into a lifted peppery finish.

  19. 2013 Muscat Réserve, Trimbach
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    2013 Muscat Réserve, Trimbach

    (6x75cl)

    Bone-dry with an intensely-scented grapey nose. On the palate it has a food-friendly mineral bite, high notes of lemons, grapes and blossom, and a refreshing backbone of natural acidity.

  20. 2013 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach
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    2013 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach

    (6x75cl)

    This classic Pinot Blanc really encapsulates the Trimbach style: fermented completely dry, with a firm structure, lovely lemony fruit with lots of breadth, a minerally backbone and a truly elegant poise and balance.

  21. 2011 Pinot Gris Réserve Personnelle, Trimbach

    Toasted nuts, marzipan and salinity underscore the peach and apple fruit here. A hint of honey adds nobility and relatively high acidity adds primary juiciness in the long, fascinatingly smoky, nutty, and mineral finish.

  22. 2013 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach
    whitewine

    2013 Pinot Blanc, Trimbach

    (12x37.5cl)

    This classic Pinot Blanc really encapsulates the Trimbach style: fermented completely dry, with a firm structure, lovely lemony fruit with lots of breadth, a minerally backbone and a truly elegant poise and balance.

  23. 2007 Gewurztraminer Selection Grains Nobles, Trimbach

    Apricots, white peach, lemon, rose and beeswax. A wine with unbelievable depth and rich, concentrated fruits on the palate. Brilliantly balanced by the zesty acidity with such power and fullness. Decadence in a bottle.

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