The origins of Maison Trimbach date back to 1626 when Jean Trimbach established the family wine trade in the village of Riquewihr. The Trimbach Family also had a long political history with ancestors Jean-Jacques Trimbach, his son Jean, and two centuries later Jean-Frédéric Trimbach holding the position of Mayor in the towns of Riquewihr and Hunawihr. In fact 1811 Jean-Frédéric took an important position as what used to be called the wine “gourmetage” in Hunawihr which was well known for its excellent wines, especially Riesling. He moved the operations of the Trimbach Winery to Hunawihr which was later transferred to its current location in Ribeauvillé soon after World War I by his grandson Frédéric Théodore. Today, Maison Trimbach is run by the 12th and 13th generations of the Trimbach family and is recognized as one of the most respected producers of Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris in Alsace according to our Trimbach reviews. Trimbach’s Clos Sainte Hune has been an exclusive property of the family for more than 200 years and is typically their highest regarded Riesling according to our Trimbach ratings.
A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It’s impressive now, but will be even better from 2016.— R.V. (12/31/2014)
Clos Ste Hune comes from a small parcel in the Rosacker Grand Cru vineyard. It is a wonderful, ethereal paean to Riesling—crisp while intensely perfumed with aromas of fennel and licorice. It’s dry in style, with elegant citrus flavors and a straight line of steely acidity, but finishes with a hint of honey. While delicious now, it’s not quite mature and could…— R.V. (3/1/2014)
One of Trimbach’s top wines, this impressive Riesling, with all its bottle time, is maturing beautifully. It has that petrol character that is typical of aged Riesling, as well as a strong sense of steeliness and intense acidity on the finish. It is probably at its peak now, but will drink well until 2018.— R.V. (3/1/2014)
This is one of Alsace’s greatest Rieslings, a wine from the grand cru vineyard of Osterberg. It is bone dry, a style that remains a passion for the Trimbachs. With its steely, mineral character, and its grapefruit flavors, it can seem too austere. But just wait 10 years—the wine will be transformed. This is superb Riesling by any standard. Imported by Diageo…— R.V. (11/1/2005)
Already developing a depth of orange-gold color, this wine is maturing beautifully. It is more rich than overwhelmingly sweet, showing structure, acidity and a toasty character. A finely crafted wine, packed with intense flavors and a fresh aftertaste. Imported by Diageo Chateau & Estates.— R.V. (2/1/2006)
As the wine ages, it shows a soft, toasty and nutty side that adds complexity to the tight fruitiness that remains. It’s a wine in transition, still fresh while adding some concentration, broadening the steely texture and giving hints of the serious wine it will be. Drink from 2018.— R.V. (12/31/2014)
Sweet and rich, this is a wine that combines honey with a touch of toast and smokiness. The mid palate is filled with apricot and fresh lemon flavors. There is a fine acidity on the finish that gives a delicious lift.— R.V. (3/1/2014)