Trimbach Riesling Emile 2008

External Review by Palm Bay International:

Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been promoting the history, exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. Maison Trimbach is located in Ribeauvillé, where today three generations work closely together. Day-to-day operations are handled personally by brothers Pierre and Jean Trimbach, representing the 12th generation. Bernard and Hubert Trimbach, the 11th generation (father and uncle, respectively, to Pierre and Jean) remain integrally involved. Anne, the eldest of the 13th generation, has just joined the family business. The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. Bottles remain in the cellar for several years before reaching the marketplace, ensuring the wines are both ready to drink upon release but also hold great aging potential. Production Area Alsace, France Grape Varieties 100% Riesling Vinification The prized Riesling grapes are handpicked as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavor and complexity. The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press. The juice ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 3 to 4 weeks. The wine is not oak-aged, and is vinified to complete dryness with no residual sugar. Bottling is done early to preserve freshness, and the wine rests in bottle for a period before release. Color Bright, medium-gold Bouquet Sweet nectarine, apricot, pineapple and candied peaches Taste Full-bodied with intensity, depth and beautiful mineral flavor. Rich, ripe acidity on the palate. Extraordinary balance between fruit and acidity with superb length. Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions Delicious with fish, poultry and veal. Ideal wine to match with fusion cuisines.

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Trimbach:
Established in 1626, the Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 years. It was not until the late 19th century, however, under the leadership of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach, that the business began to expand. Success came when he exhibited the wines at an international fair in Brussels in 1898, to much acclaim. Since the days of Frédéric-E... Read more
Established in 1626, the Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 years. It was not until the late 19th century, however, under the leadership of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach, that the business began to expand. Success came when he exhibited the wines at an international fair in Brussels in 1898, to much acclaim. Since the days of Frédéric-Emile the house of Trimbach has remained a family run business, based in Ribeauvillé. Today, Jean and Pierre Trimbach are in charge of the winery. The Trimbach family currently own vineyards scattered across three villages, with an emphasis on planting Riesling and Gewurztraminer, and the style associated with the house is one of dry structure and flavorsome with firm acidity where appropriate. Trimbach are not particularly known for their red wines, but they do produce a basic Pinot Noir as well as a Reserve Personelle, as well as basic cuvées of many of the typical Alsatian varieties, including Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. Trimbach produce both late harvest wines of Alsace, the Selection de Grains Nobles and Vendanges Tardives wines, made from Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris or Muscat. These make a departure from the classic Trimbach style as they naturally exhibit residual sugar and possibly also characteristics of noble rot, but they still have the necessary acidity to maintain balance and freshness. Read less

External Reviews for Trimbach Riesling Emile

External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
07/20/2011

Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been promoting the history, exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. Maison Trimbach is located in Ribeauvillé, where today three generations work closely together. Day-to-day operations are handled personally by brothers Pierre and Jean Trimbach, representing the 12th generation. Bernard and Hubert Trimbach, the 11th generation (father and uncle, respectively, to Pierre and Jean) remain integrally involved. Anne, the eldest of the 13th generation, has just joined the family business. The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. Bottles remain in the cellar for several years before reaching the marketplace, ensuring the wines are both ready to drink upon release but also hold great aging potential. Production Area Alsace, France Grape Varieties 100% Riesling Vinification The prized Riesling grapes are handpicked as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavor and complexity. The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press. The juice ferments in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 3 to 4 weeks. The wine is not oak-aged, and is vinified to complete dryness with no residual sugar. Bottling is done early to preserve freshness, and the wine rests in bottle for a period before release. Color Bright, medium-gold Bouquet Sweet nectarine, apricot, pineapple and candied peaches Taste Full-bodied with intensity, depth and beautiful mineral flavor. Rich, ripe acidity on the palate. Extraordinary balance between fruit and acidity with superb length. Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions Delicious with fish, poultry and veal. Ideal wine to match with fusion cuisines.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/17/2011

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile 2004/ Peat smoke and forest floor notes accent the dried apricot, candied orange peel, sea salt and star fruit flavors, followed by a modest finish. This well-integrated, elegant wine is just beginning to show some age, but the firm acidity suggests many more years to come.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/02/2012

Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile 2005 - 93 points, Wine Spectator/ This racy Riesling shows precision balance and finesse, offering a smoky, minerally undercurrent to layers of fresh apple, white peach, fleur de sel, dried herb and anise flavors. Finely cut and intense, with a long, mouthwatering finish. Better than previously reviewed.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/17/2011

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile 2005 - 90 points, Wine Spectator/ Hints of petrol and smoke on the nose mix with subtle flavors of Gala apple and white peach on the palate. A dry, tangy white, with fine length and a briny finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
11/06/2012

Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile 2007 - 93 points, Wine Spectator/ Racy, finely tuned acidity frames this elegant white, supporting a subtle, layered palate. Shows base notes of petrol and brine, tangy apple, grapefruit zest, fresh forest and candle wax. Long, long minerally finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/17/2011

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile 2002 - 91 points, Wine Spectator/ Crackling acidity holds the firm structure of this salty white together. Modest fruit flavors of pear and lemon mix with a hint of earth, and this ends with a lip-smacking finish.


External Review
Source: Palm Bay International
08/17/2011

Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been promoting the history, exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. Maison Trimbach is located in Ribeauvillé, where today three generations work closely together. Day-to-day operations are handled personally by brothers Pierre and Jean Trimbach, representing the 12th generation. Bernard and Hubert Trimbach, the 11th generation (father and uncle, respectively, to Pierre and Jean) remain integrally involved. Anne, the eldest of the 13th generation, has just joined the family business. The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. Bottles remain in the cellar for several years before reaching the marketplace, ensuring the wines are both ready to drink upon release but also hold great aging potential. Production Area Alsace, France Grape Varieties 100% Riesling Vinification The soil at the Trimbach’s Frederic Emile vineyards in the town of Ribeauvillé, part of the Grands Crus Geisberg and Osterberg, is very stony limestone over a base of sandstone at 250 to 350 meters above sea level. The well-drained argilo-calcaire soil over a deep sandstone base supports vines that are approximately 45-years-old. The Trimbach Family picks the Riesling grapes as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavor and complexity. The grapes are picked by hand and pressed very gently in a pneumatic press. The juice runs into the cellar by gravity and clarifies naturally prior to fermentation. The juice ferments in stainless steel at controlled temperature for 4 -5 weeks. The wine is not oak-aged as the Trimbachs believe that wood gives nothing to their wines, the salient characteristics of which are extreme purity and concentrated fruit. Bottling is early to preserve freshness and wines then bottle-aged before leaving the winery. Color Deep golden, vibrant and reflective Bouquet Lush ripe white peaches with a hint of beeswax honey Taste Dense and intense flavors of burnt orange peel, lemon zest, and stone fruits with subtle elements of minerality and honeycomb. Alcohol 13% Serving Suggestions These wines are delightful alone or as an aperitif. They also pair beautifully with rich cheeses, caramelized fruit tarts, and entrees prepared in creamy sauces.


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