“RÉSERVE” PINOT NOIR

Maison Trimbach

APPELLATION

Alsace Contrôlée

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Pinot Noir

WINEMAKERS

Pierre Trimbach

TECHNICAL DATA

Alcohol
13%

2021

91POINTS

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BACKGROUND

The Trimbach’s have a purist vision. For three centuries and across 13 generations, the family has produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. The family personally looks after each operation, from planting to harvests and from vinification to bottling.
The viticultural origin of the Trimbach family dates back to 1626, when Jean Trimbach, was recognized as a citizen of Riquewihr. From then on, the Trimbach’s were renowned for their wine-growing. Maison Trimbach’s vineyards are all situated around Ribeauville (Ribeauville, Hunawihr, Bergheim, Rorschwihr, Riquewihr and Mittlewihr). They benefit from the unique Alsatian microclimate, thanks to the Vosges Mountains protection, which preserves the plain from the rain. The vineyards were planted on the Ribeauville’s fault line that fractured 50 million years ago between the Vosges Mountain range and the Black Forest offering a mosaic of terroirs including the complex calcareous limestone and bio-degraded seashell fossils called “Muschelkalk.” Some of the Pinot Noir vineyards integrate stony reddish soils with some iron content
Trimbach Réserves are the result of a rigorous selection from mostly old vineyards in Ribeauvillé and the surrounding villages, producing more complex wines with longer ageing potential.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

Pinot Noir Réserve is from Trimbach’s own vineyards and those of their growers with the age of 40+ years old. The vineyards are located in the southern part of Alsace: Rodern and St Hippolyte, some based on granite, some on sandstone, and some from marl and limestone soils. This wine represents the unique mosaic of soils of our region.

The vintage started with a harsh winter, heavy precipitation and snowy episodes. An early and fleeting spring led to a complicated summer, with lack of sun and heavy rain; however, a superb late season, with generous sunshine and significant thermal amplitudes paved the way for good maturity and acidity. The harvest turned out to be surprisingly exceptional!

WINEMAKING

Pinot-Noir, the only red grape variety authorized in Alsace, is pruned with the simple Guyot method to limit yields and obtain superb aromatic concentration.
Grapes are selected at maturity and after de-stemming, they undergo a gentle pneumatic pressing followed by an eight-day cold maceration to extract color and fruit. The juices are blended in the cellar in stainless steel vats and old casks for the malolactic fermentation. The Pinot Noirs are the only Trimbach wines which undergo malolactic fermentation (in tank); No long ageing on lees. They are bottled after three months ageing in stainless steel tanks.

AGEING

Bottled in July then minimum one year of ageing.

TASTING NOTES

Delicate aromas red and black berries underlined by subtle smoky and forest floor. Beautifully structured mouthfeel, combines fruitiness – Morello cherries and kirsch – with supple, velvety tannins and juicy freshness.
Delicious as an aperitif with ham, charcuterie, or bruschetta. For main course pair with roast poultry, vegetable tempura, plancha, Japanese barbecue with vegetables or meat, and smokey fish. Can age 6-8 years.

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