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2008 Trimbach Riesling Clos St-Hune

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SKU: 57727-2008-1500

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  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    Bright pale yellow with a green tinge. Wonderfully subtle nose hints at lime oil, quinine, white flowers and crushed stone; an essence of the calcaire-rich grand cru Rosacker. Densely packed and tightly coiled, with superb cut and penetrating character but at the same time an ineffable delicacy. Bracing acidity gives the finish outstanding energy and lift. As insinuating on the back end as it is on the nose, showing building flavors of crushed stone, oyster shell and ginger. An infant with 25 years of life ahead of it. (Unfortunately, my sample of the Frederic Emile was corked.)
    Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Issue: November/December 2010
  • Self | Rating: 95

    Author: winecellar

Located in northeast corner of France along the German border, Alsace's unique hybrid culture is mirrored in its wine, influenced by both French and German styles. In fact, Alsace is the only region in France that allows the traditional German grape Riesling to be grown legally. Located in the rain shadow from the Vosges mountains, this sixty mile strip of land has a cold continental climate and has one of France's lowest levels of rainfall. Most wine is labeled Appellation Alsace Controlee with the best vineyards granted Alsace Grand Cru status. The majority of Alsatian wine is white and grand cru vineyards are restricted to growing Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. 

Riesling is an aromatic grape that is capable of producing a variety of styles from different regions. It is tolerant of cold winters, is mid- to late-ripening, and buds late, making it suitable for cool climates where it produces wines with green fruit and floral notes. In warmer climates, citrus and stone fruit flavors are dominant, and the wine is richer with less acidity than in cooler regions. When left on the vine Riesling has the ability to accumulate sugar without losing its naturally high acidity. This makes it suitable for a range of sweetness levels, including botrytized wines. The best wines have the ability to age for decades in bottle without losing freshness, and over time these wines develop flavors of honey, toast, and petrol.

Germany is the heartland of Riesling and produces wines in a range of sweetness levels. The sweetest wines are typically made from botrytized grapes and the highest-quality versions perfectly balance sweetness and acidity, creating a unique combination of flavor concentration and freshness. For the best expressions of this style look to the regions of Mosel and Nahe, to producers such as Donnhoff and Joh. Jos. Prüm. Alsace, France,andAustria are also known for high-quality wines from Riesling and Domaine Zind-Humbrecht produces high-quality wine in the Alsatian style.

In the New World, Australia is the most famous Riesling producing region, particularly the sub-regions of Clare Valley and Eden Valley. Unlike Old-World wines, these are often bone dry, with high acidity and signature aromas of lime.

The combination of sweetness and acidity makes Riesling a great pairing for spicy food, particularly Indian and Asian, as well as cheeses and fatty meats such as duck leg. 

Collector Data For This Wine

  • 38 bottles owned
  • 6 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 95
    (Out of 6 collectors)