Riesling ‘Cuvée Frédéric Emile’ 2007
Appellation Alsace Contrôlée
68150 Ribeauville (Haut-Rhin)
Tasted October 31st, 2016.
This is not your easy drink for everyone: the start is pretty reserved, with some Grapefruit and Elderflower. Then an avelange of stones and minerals is released on your palate. The end is smoky and with a lot of yeast. If wine were music, then this is Heavy Metal.
Sampled with Canard a l’Orange.
This is Trimbach’s premium non vineyard-labelled Riesling, alledgedly a melange of grapes from Grand Cru locations Geisberg and Osterberg, sold at a price even higher than some good Grand Cru’s of competitors. At a good 10 years of age, that leads to some expectations, and it delivers fully. This is Riesling that stands as a rock.
Strange folks there in Ribeauville, by the way. While they could use the ‘Alsace Grand Cru’ label on some of their wines if they decided so, they stubbornly do not. Instead, they opt for their own designations, like ‘Clos Sainte Hune’ for their absolute premium Riesling (at an absolute premium price, alas) that could legally bear the ‘Grand Cru Rosacker’ label.