An exceptional terroir, exclusively planted in Riesling, located in the heart of Grand Cru Rosacker, in Hunawihr. This Clos represents 1,67 hectares and has been the entire propriety of the Trimbach Family for more than 200 years.
- FRA - Alsace
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! Rating 94 - David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate (FEB/2008)
The Trimbach family continues to render some of the world’s finest Riesling; to uphold the principle that wine of Alsace (unless V.T.) should not taste sweet; to release wines only when they believe those wines say “it’s time”; and to ship 40,000 cases (or 40% of their production) to the United States. Notable developments on the occasion of my recent visit were the enhanced quality of their reserve level wines as well as outstanding performances with Pinot Gris. The wines on which I report below include some of those currently in the marketplace or about to appear, but most of the 2004s and 2005s will not be released for 1-3 more years. By the time early October rains struck in 2005, the team here had harvested everything other than their top Riesling. Yet, even though some of their most striking successes were picked unusually early, the upper-tier Rieslings here seem to have suffered neither dilution nor obscurant botrytis. The Trimbachs clearly rolled with any punches nature administered in 2004 (although by the time they harvested, abundant initial bunches had morphed into low yields), delivering Riesling of startling clarity and concentration that showcases its minerality and acidity. But in view of so much negative rot, they declined to attempt any nobly sweet selections. Rating 94 - David Schildknecht - Wine Advocate (FEB/2008)
Winery Tasting Notes
The calcary soil allows this Riesling to develop a specific aroma and a wonderful concentration of fruits. Dry yet succulent, of phenomenal complexity, this wine develops extraordinary aromas of minerals after a few years in bottle.
The plot, which is approximately 50 years old, is south south east exposed and the yields are very low, about 40 to 50 hectoliters per hectare. Annual production reaches about 8000 bottles, depending on the vintage. That makes the wine so unique that Clos Sainte Hune is looked for by many collectors all over the world.
Of great longevity and very rare, Clos Sainte Hune takes at least seven years to reach its peak. The best sommeliers from our region and some journalists call it «La Romanée Conti d’Alsace».
2005 is a great vintage in Alsace. This Riesling Clos Ste Hune represents the archetype of a great Riesling, has a wonderful structure, a beautiful elegance and will age gracefully for years...
15 years +