One of the most well-known producers in Alsace, Trimbach’s viticultural origins date back to 1626. Since then, twelve generations of family members and winemakers have devoted themselves to the quality of these wines; they have a worldwide reputation for fine whites that have the ability to age. Trimbach are based in Ribeauville, and make a classic range of Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewürztraminer grape varieties, plus their excellent Grand Cru Rieslings. Their Cuvee Frederic Emile is easily one of the top ten wines of the region, a blend of Osterberg and Geisberg Grand Cru vineyards. These two Grand Crus benefit from south to south-easterly exposure to the sun, old vines (c. 45 years) and distinctive chalky soils that are said to encourage such intensity and structure in the wines.
At almost a decade old already, the 2013 Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling has a golden colour, a complex bouquet of aromas, a dry palate and long, flavourful finish. Hints of dried tropical fruits, honeycomb, and candied fruit peel abound on the nose. These aromas might suggest a sweet wine but in fact, the palate is dry, full and intense, with lots of zesty lemon and grapefruit and green apple acidity. Enjoy this wine with herb and butter-roasted chicken or pan-seared white fish with a dill and lemon butter sauce. Despite its age, it is beautifully fresh from the natural acidity of the Riesling grape and could even keep for another 5 years. We think it is perfect to drink now, however! 12.5%ABV