The Geisberg Grand Cru will be familiar to any fan of the wines of our family, as it has been one of the two Grand Cru vineyards (along with Osterberg) that have made up our famous Riesling, Cuvée Frederic Emile, since its first vintage in 1967. The Geisberg vineyard is a jewel of Alsace, first planted by the Romans, and one that Pierre Trimbach and his team have been working for more than 40 years now on behalf of the nuns of the Convent of Ribeauvillé. Located between two other Grand Crus on Ribeauvillé’s fault line, the limestone and sandstone subsoil, the old vines, the exposure to the sun and the small steep terraces make it a unique and complex terroir of only 8.5-hectares in total. The first vintage bottled as a Grand Cru was in 2009.
2012 is a beautiful example of the great aging potential for this Grand Cru site; now 9 years after harvest, there are still many years of development ahead for this stunning Riesling. The 2012 growing season started out quite mild and dry with early spring colds that delayed development. This significant slowing of growth continued through flowering, when wet weather occurred across the region. This was great for the soils, but caused mildew problems in many areas. Our vineyards, especially our Grand Cru sites, did not experience these issues, as our canopy management and yield control produced arid conditions yet allowed for great ripeness. The quality at harvest was tremendous, and our goal was to maintain this brightness in the fruit through vinification. After stainless-steel fermentation and aging, the wine was bottled for further development. We held a significant portion of this vintage for longer aging, which you will see the positive result in the bottle here!
95 points, James Suckling – “What a wine! This shows incredible dried fruit and spice character. Density and beauty. It goes on for minutes. A mind-bending riesling. Available in the market in 2017.”