2009 is a great vintage in Alsace.
Thanks to a very strict selection, we have been able to produce this Riesling «Reserve» with very good concentration of fruits, purity and precise aromas. A touch of minerality caracterises the wine and the «Style» of the Trimbach wines.
The grapes come from vines that are over 40 years old in Ribeauvillé and are always harvested the latest when completely mature (12,5° minimum). Soils are mainly made of limestone and clay.
- FRA - Alsace
Coming as usual from overwhelmingly estate fruit grown on chalk-clay in Ribeauville and Bergheim, the Trimbach 2009 Riesling Reserve weighs in at slightly lower alcohol than its “classic” counterpart, the less expensive cuvee which – also as usual – served as a repository for any lots deemed unworthy to include in this Reserve. Fresh lime suffused with chalk, peat, toasted pumpkin seed, fruit pits, and herbs makes for a pithy, piquant, palpably extract-rice impression one would not usually anticipate from 2009 – other than at this address! The cut and concentration comes out impressively in the finish, with the bitter elements mitigated by sheer refreshment. One ought to be able to find excellent uses for this over the next 5-7 years, and quire possibly longer. That said, its relative generosity – certainly vis-a-vis its 2008 counterpart – renders the winery’s having released it early – at the beginning of this year – explicable. Rating 89 - David Schildknecht - eRobertParker.com (MAY/2011)
“The oenologists were saying in 2009 ‘Oh we have to get approval so that we can add acidity,’ but it was absolutely unnecessary, for us,” notes Pierre Trimbach, who indeed delivered a surprisingly animated collection, albeit one diminished in size by instances of declassification. The Trimbachs compare their 2008s with 1998, adding that there is something of 2001 to them, too. As a group, they are going to further the reputation of wines from this family for rewarding patience. Rating 89 - David Schildknecht - eRobertParker.com (MAY/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
White flowers, lemon notes and minerality touch on the nose.
Fresh and vibrant, grapefruit and citrus, white peach, this wine has a long finish which is a sign of a beautiful future for the wine.
A great Riesling in the best vintage can be kept minimim 10 to 15 years.
This Riesling Reserve 2009 matches seafood, grilled or sauced fishes, white meats, pig, exotic cuisines, sushis, etc... but also the classic choucroute royale from Alsace or some other traditional meals.
This Riesling is well-balanced in terms of fruits and acidity, and of course it is bone dry with less than 1 gram of residual sugar per liter.