Ribeauville is only five kilometres from Riquewhir and Trimbach is at the edge of the town near the vineyards.
We finished lunch at the d’Brendelstub in Riquewhir at about 2.30 and drove to Ribeauville for the tasting with Ann Trimbach at 3.30. As always, she conducted the tasting in her quiet, efficient way. I was delighted to see that Clos St-Hune was included in the tasting. Many years ago at a tasting in the same room, I tried to get her father to open a bottle of Clos St-Hune without any luck!
- Trimbach Pinot Blanc 2014: 30% auxerrois. Crisp, uncomplicated wine with good fruit. (15.5)
- Trimbach Riesling Classic 2014: Austere, lean, acidic and uninspiring. (14.5)
- Trimbach Riesling Reserve 2012: From 45 year old vines. Steely but elegant. (15.5)
- Trimbach Riesling “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” 2009: Rich complex and immensely appealing. ((17.
- Trimbach “Clos St-Hune” 2009: The fruit comes from a 1.67 ha parcel on Rosacker vineyard in the village of Hunawihr. The vineyard has been in the Trimbach family for over 200 years. The south, south-east facing vines are on average 50 years old and lie on a predominantly limestone subsoil giving the wine remarkable fruit concentration and minerality. The annual production is 8,000 bottles on average and the wine is aged for 5 years before release. Some say it is the greatest Riesling on earth. The 2009 is perfumed, soft, rich, complex and has great poise. Ann Trimbach said: “It is the soil that makes the wine. We do not do anything special.” (18.5)
- Trimbach Pinot Gris 2010: Rich and lovely with a hint of sweetness. The kind of wine I like with foie gras. I made a mental note to buy it. (17)
- Trimbach Gewurztraminer Classic 2013: Pale, aromatic wine with 9g/l residual sugar. (15.5)
- Trimbach Riesling Vendanges Tardives 2002: Rich, sweet, botrytised and fabulous. (18)
After the tasting, we had dinner at Restaurant Wistub Zum Pifferhus (14 Grand’Rue, 68150 Ribeauvillé). We settled for traditional Alsace food – Onion Tart, Chicken in Riesling with home-made noodles and home-made Sorbet (Lemon, Raspberry, Pear) washed down with good local beer.