F. E. Trimbach, Clos Ste. Hune Riesling

F. E. Trimbach, Clos Ste. Hune Riesling, 2012

  • icon-type Type

    White

  • icon-year Year

    2012

  • icon-style Style

    Dry

  • icon-country Country

    France

  • icon-alcohollevel Alcohol level

    12.5%

  • icon-grapevariety Grape variety
    Riesling 100%

This exceptional wine is a product of the terroir in the “Rosacker” vineyard, located in the village of Hunawihr. This parcel of land, which stretches over 1.67 hectares, has been in the Trimbach family for more than two hundred years. The south, south-east facing vines are on average 50 years old and lie on a predominantly limestone subsoil. These factors give this Riesling a unique flavour of remarkable fruit concentration, enhanced by a refined hint of minerality on the finish.

After a few years of ageing, the typical characteristics of the “Clos Sainte Hune” terroir vibrantly shine through the glass. The small annual production of 8,000 bottles on average, makes this wine an extremely rare treasure, much sought after by Riesling lovers and collectors across the globe.

Trimbach’s “Clos Sainte Hune” wine has an exceptional ageing potential as it can age seven to ten years after bottling without even reaching its peak.

“If there is one Riesling in the world which every wine lover dreams of tasting and savoring, it is “Clos Sainte Hune. A high-quality dry wine, distinguished, refined, elegant, with beautifully ripe fruit and a pronounced minerality which lend it its unique temperament. It has its own signature and is sublime in great vintages. It is a wine which inspires dreams thanks to its harmony and its exceptional capacity to age.” - Serge Dubs, World’s Best Sommelier 1989

About F. E. Trimbach

The House of Trimbach was established in 1626 and is now being run by the 12th generation of the family, Pierre and Jean. The family supervises all operations from planting and vinification to selection and bottling, giving them 100% control over production.

If Zind Humbrecht produces wines of extravagant power at one end of the spectrum of excellence within Alsace wine making, then Trimbach definitely stands at the other extreme – “Restraint” is the watchword. The Trimbach style is paraphrased perfectly by Hubert Trimbach and the family itself – “Concentrated not heavy; fruity, not sweet; bracing rather than fat; polite rather than voluptuous".

Trimbach wines are reserved, steely, elegant, even aristocratic; never obvious or flashy. "We are Protestants. Our wines have the Protestant style – vigour, firmness, a beautiful acidity, lovely freshness. Purity and cleanness, that’s Trimbach.” For those weary of the copious residual sugar found in so many of the contemporary Alsace wines, Trimbach’s are a refuge.

The jewel in the crown is the family's Clos Ste-Hune vineyard, a small vineyard just outside Hunawihr. Family-owned for over 200 years, it is widely regarded as one of the best expressions of Alsace Riesling. Trimbach has launched their first-ever terroir named wine with the 2009 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg, 2.6 ha plot on the Geisberg have always been part of the famous Cuvée Frédéric Emile. A second Grand Cru may be in the pipeline as, in 2012 the Trimbach family purchased a plot in the Kientzheim Grand Cru Schlossberg.

Grape variety
Riesling

Riesling is a white grape variety which originated in the Rhine region. Riesling is an aromatic grape variety displaying flowery, almost perfumed, aromas as well as high acidity. It is used to make dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and sparkling white wines. Riesling wines are usually varietally pure and are seldom oaked. As of 2004, Riesling was estimated to be the world's 20th most grown variety at 48,700 hectares (120,000 acres) (with an increasing trend), but in terms of importance for quality wines, it is usually included in the "top three" white wine varieties together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling is a variety which is highly "terroir-expressive", meaning that the character of Riesling wines is greatly influenced by the wine's place of origin.

In cool climates (such as many German wine regions), Riesling wines tend to exhibit apple and tree fruit notes with noticeable levels of acidity that are sometimes balanced with residual sugar. A late-ripening variety that can develop more citrus and peach notes is grown in warmer climates (such as Alsace and parts of Austria). In Australia, Riesling is often noted for a characteristic lime note that tends to emerge in examples from the Clare Valley and Eden Valley in South Australia. Riesling's naturally high acidity and pronounced fruit flavours give wines made from the grape exceptional aging potential, with well-made examples from favourable vintages often developing smoky, honey notes, and aged German Rieslings, in particular, taking on a "petrol" character.

In wine making, the delicate nature of the Riesling grape requires special handling during harvesting to avoid crushing or bruising the skin. Without this care, the broken skins could leak tannin into the juice, giving a markedly coarse taste and throwing off balance the Riesling's range of flavours and aromas.

A wine that is best at its "freshest" states, the grapes and juice may be chilled often throughout the vinification process. Once, right after picking to preserve the grapes' more delicate flavours. Second, after it has been processed through a bladder press and right before fermentation. During fermentation, the wine is cooled in temperature controlled stainless steel fermentation tanks kept between 10 and 18 °C (50 and 64 °F). This differs from red wines that normally ferment at 24 to 29 °C (75 to 84 °F)

Unlike Chardonnay, most Riesling do not undergo malolactic fermentation. This helps preserve the tart, acidic characteristic of the wine that gives Riesling its "thirst-quenching" quality. (Producers of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio often avoid malolactic fermentation for the same reason.) Riesling is often put through a process of cold stabilisation, where the wine is stored just above its freezing point. The wine is kept at this temperature until much of the tartaric acid has crystallised and precipitated out of the wine. This helps prevent crystallisation of the acid (often called "wine diamonds") in the bottle. After this, the wine is normally filtered again to remove any remaining yeast or impurities.

In viticulture, the two main components in growing Riesling grapes are to keep it "Long & Low" meaning that the ideal situation for Riesling is a climate that allows for a long, slow ripening and proper pruning to keep the yield low and the flavour concentrated.

Alternative Names: Weisser Riesling, Johannisberg Riesling, Johannisberger, Rhine Riesling, Riesling Renano

About Alsace Clos Vineyards

The Clos Vineyards of Alsace in France are of arguably greater significance to the region's wine traditions than its official Grand Cru sites. They have certainly been recognised for much longer, and were marked out many centuries before the Alsace Grand Cru appellation was introduced in 1983.

Alsace (or Elsass as it was known under German rule) has been producing wine since the early Middle Ages. Over the centuries, the region's monasteries and noblemen built up an intricate knowledge of its finest vineyard sites. Each of these was ultimately given a name, and some were surrounded by a securing wall, creating a 'clos' – the French name for an enclosed vineyard. Many of the original walls have disappeared, and in fact some clos sites have never had a wall at all, because over the centuries clos came to mean any vineyard of high quality, rather than specifically one which was enclosed.

Most clos vineyards are monopoles, owned for many generations by a single family. This is just one of the reasons that they are, and always have been, so respected; a gifted vigneron-winemaker team with centuries of experience behind them can produce great wine from sites not officially recognised as Grand Cru.

Some of the clos are located within Grand Cru sites, some are not, but this seems to be of little significance. The prestige of the clos names is so great that even those entitled to the Grand Cru appellation sometimes choose to ignore it. Clos Saint-Hune for example, falls within the Rosacker Grand Cru, but Domaine Trimbach nonetheless bottles the wines under the generic Alsace appellation. Likewise, Domaine Weinbach's Clos des Capucins falls outside the local Grand Cru boundaries (it sits right at the foot of Schlossberg) but has lost none of its status because of this.

Perhaps the most remarkable example of the power held by clos vineyards comes from the trio owned by Domaine Zind-Humbrecht: Clos Hauserer, Clos Jebsal and Clos Windsbuhl. None of these claim the Alsace Grand Cru appellation, and yet their prestige and prices are higher than those of most Grand Cru wines (see the linked lists below).

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