(13% natural alcohol, 6.5 g/l r.s. and 7.8 grams acidity) Subtle aromas of lime skin, peche de vigne and wet stone, with complicating notes of vanilla and mint. Denser and richer than the Frederic Emile, and a step up in concentration; shows a more glyceral texture to its peach and spice flavors. Round, mouthfilling and horizontal. Finishes dry, broad and very long, with a bracing edge of acidity. This and the Fred were picked in mid-October, and |not too late,| notes Pierre Trimbach, who is certain that these wines will shut down soon.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: July/August 2007
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 17
9,000 bottles a year. Monopole. From the Grand Cru Rosacker. Dry but with dense layers and a lot of sweet character on the nose. Tight, dense, incredibly focused at the moment, but showing some signs of the complexity to come. Broad shouldered, grandstanding. (RH)
Author: Richard Hemming
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
In its aromas of lime, apricot, narcissus, chalk dust, red currant, and musk, the 2005 Riesling Clos Ste-Hune is surprisingly a bit more open and expressive than the Frederic Emile. On the palate this exhibits amazing, chalky density, firm citricity and a satiny, slippery, glycerin-rich texture. Tart red berry, pungent citrus zest, and quarry dust dominate in a finish that is unsurprisingly unyielding but promisingly long. Only time can reveal this wine's true degree of superiority to the Frederic Emile, and the latter might well nip at its heels indefinitely!