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Maison Trimbach : Riesling "Cuvee Frederic Emile" 2008

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    The Riesling "Cuvee Frederic Emile" is the signature wine of the legendary Trimbach family, produced by Maison Trimbach, one of the most respected names in the region of Alsace. The vineyard property enjoys fantastic sun exposure (with a south and south-east orientation), along with a rich terroir of marno-calcareous-sandy soils and shell limestone. The vines are quite old, around 45 years on average, which limits the yields significantly. The harvest is carried out by hand as late as possible from the two Grand Cru sites of Geisberg and Osterberg in order to maximize ripeness in the fruit. The grapes are gently pressed in a pneumatic press and then fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for a period of 3 to 4 weeks. After the wine is vinified to complete dyness, the wine is bottled without maturation in oak. It stays in the bottle for several years before it is released to the market, in order to ensure that the wine is ready to be consumed upon release, although it can also age an additional decade or more in the cellar. This wine has a remarkable personality, typically quite dry and powerful, with a mineral note and a finely polished acidity.

    The Riesling "Cuvee Frederic Emile" 2008 from Maison Trimbach displays a bright, medium gold color in the glass. A bouquet of apricot, nectarine, pineapple and candied peach seduces the nose. On the palate, this Alsatian Riesling is full-bodied and intense, with great depth and a characteristic minerality. The rich, ripe acidity is perfectly balanced with the fruit, leading to a superb, very persistent finish.

    Parker : 96 / 100
    J. Suckling : 94 / 100
    Wine Advocate-Parker :
    The 2008 Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile is now in the market and readers shouldn't miss seeking it out. This is a gorgeously matured dry Riesling classic from Ribeauvillé that drinks perfectly today and pairs with many kind of dishes. The wine has an intense citrus color and opens with a very clear, deep, dense and aromatic bouquet of dried fruits along with herbal and mineral aromas. Full-bodied, pure and elegant, yet complex and mineral on the palate, this is a silky textured but well-structured dry Riesling with intense and persistent fruit, fine tannins and lingering salinity. Bottled April 2009, this is a great dry Riesling blend from the Grands Crus Geisberg and Osterberg.
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    Contains sulfites