GEWURZTRAMINER SÉLECTION DE GRAINS NOBLES

Maison Trimbach

APPELLATION

Alsace Contrôlée

GRAPE VARIETIES

100% Gewurztraminer

WINEMAKERS

Pierre Trimbach

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity
3.87
Alcohol
11.9%

2017

95POINTS

Vinous
SEPTEMBER 2018
2017

94POINTS

JamesSuckling.com
AUGUST 2019
BACKGROUND

Since 1626, the Trimbach family has been promoting the history, exceptional terroirs and fine wines of Alsace. Maison Trimbach is located in Ribeauvillé, where today three generations work closely together. Day-to-day operations are handled personally by brothers Pierre and Jean Trimbach, representing the 12th generation. Bernard and Hubert Trimbach, the 11th generation (father and uncle, respectively, to Pierre and Jean) remain integrally involved. Anne, the eldest of the 13th generation, has just joined the family business. The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. Bottles remain in the cellar for several years before reaching the marketplace, ensuring the wines are both ready to drink upon release but also hold great aging potential. Gewurztraminer Selection de Grains Nobles Hors Choix is a rare wine given the confluence of conditions required for production: a long growing season affected at the end by botrytis cinerea, or “noble rot.” The Trimbach’s produce this wine only when they believe the quality is exceptional: 1967, 1971, 1983,1986, 1989, 1990, 1994, 2000, 2001, 2007 and 2017.

TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES

From the Trimbach’s 40+ year old vines in a location named Trottacker around their village of Ribeauvillé, and from the Muehlforst vineyard in the hills of Hunawihr. The soils are composed of marl and limestone. The plots are facing South and South-East.

It was a very cold and dry winter and severe frosts in mid-April damaged some Gewurztraminer grapes in some specific areas. Flowering nevertheless was precocious, as the summer started with mild temperatures before becoming very hot. Rare precipitations, combined with these rather hot climatic conditions contributed to the precocity of this vintage, low in quantity but exceptional in quality.

WINEMAKING & AGEING

Grapes are sourced from Grand Cru Osterberg in Ribeauville and 40 year old vines in Hunawihr from the Muelforst vineyard. The well-drained vineyards, facing South, contain argilo-cacaire soil over a deep limestone base, excellent for growing Gewurztraminer. The yield is only 18 hl/ha.

Fermented in stainless steel, with no malolactic fermentation and bottled at the estate the following Spring.

TASTING NOTES

A beautiful deep golden color. An exotic nose of passion fruit, mango, and papaya, that leads to honey notes and spices from the noble rot that developed on the berries.

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