Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been making wine in Ribeauvillé, Alsace. There is probably no single family that has done more for white wine than the Trimbachs, who in their 13 generations of rich winemaking tradition have literally accomplished every significant achievement one could possibly achieve in wine. Led by the legendary Jean Trimbach, there simply isn’t a winery that carries a candle to the Trimbachs around the Michelin Star world. That is how good their full lineup is year in, year out.
During my time at Jean-George, Trimbach’s wines were on every tasting menu. One of my favorite wine traveling memories was spending a day with Jean Trimbach and his wife in Ribeauvillé Alsace. I could not believe their library collection of wines and it seemed like no matter what year they pulled out, each was more spectacular than the next.
This baby is a blend that comes from two Grand Cru vineyards in the Trimbach’s hometime of Ribeauvillé in Geisberg and Osterberg One is planted in limestone and sandstone, the other in muschelkalk with the vines together averaging between 45 and 50 years of age.
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94 Points, James Suckling
For a seven-year-old dry white, this has great vitality. The more air it gets, the more candied-citrus, pear and dried-herb aromas emerge. Although the wine’s frame is on the sleek side, there’s serious concentration. The finish is very long with a cascade of herbal and mineral notes. Drink or hold.
93 Points, Wine & Spirits
This is a blend from the Trimbach family’s holdings in Geisberg and Osterberg, two grand crus in their hometown of Ribeauvillé. One is planted in limestone and sandstone, the other in muschelkalk, the vines averaging 45 years of age. While 2011 is not the most structured or long-lived vintage, this wine shows no signs of letting up. There’s gentle sweetness to the caramelized apple and fresh pear flavors, lasting with delicacy, purity and clarity.
92+ Points, Vinous
Pale straw-green. Minty green apple, jasmine and minerals on the enticing nose. Bright flavors of green apple and ripe citrus fruits are joined by stone fruits and minerals on the long finish. Has enough acidity to maintain clarity and cut. According to Pierre Trimbach, this is on a par with other great recent vintages for this bottling.