Riesling is the most important grape variety at Maison Trimbach. In addition to our single vineyard and Grand Cru Rieslings, we also produce a very small amount of an old-vine Riesling. The vines are 50 years old from the Ribeauvillé area, from parcels with marl and limestone soil. We hand-pick the grapes as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness, which in turn gives optimal depth of flavor and complexity to the wine.
The grapes are pressed very gently in a pneumatic press, followed by fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats for 3 to 4 weeks. The wine is aged in concrete and stainless steel, and is vinified to complete dryness with no residual sugar. Bottling is done early to preserve freshness, and the wine rests in bottle in the cellar for several years before reaching the marketplace, ensuring the wine is both ready to drink upon release but also cellar-worthy.
2016 specifically was a great vintage for Riesling in Alsace. Our proximity to the mountains protected us from most of the hail and frost that other regions around France experienced. After a very wet spring, flowering was delayed but it did not decrease the potential production for the vines. Starting in the summer, it was quite dry and hot, giving necessary stress to the vines to create beautifully concentrated grapes, while cooler nights allowed for stunning acidity and freshness. This is a vintage that is quite rich, round with incredible tension that indicates exceptional aging potential.
91+ Points, Ian D’Agata, Vinous Media – “Bright straw. The nose offers apple, pear, peach and a strong note of anise. Then rich and dense, offering round flavors of licorice, yellow apple, and peach. The finish is fleshy, long and savory, lifted by a zingy lemony bite. Unlike Trimbach’s Riesling Reserve, I usually find this special selection wine to be very expressive right away. Made mainly with grapes grown on the marly-limestone soils of the Hagueneau lieu-dit (of both Bergheim and Ribeauvillé) and other plots in the Muhlforst and Rosacker (of Hunawihr) and the Hoffel (of Bergheim).
92 Points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator – “Fresh and minerally, with lots of petrol and pine details accenting the crunchy pear, crushed almond and lemon pith notes. Creamy on the palate and tightly knit, driven by racy acidity that creates a mouthwatering impression on the lasting finish. Drink now through 2026. 2,000 cases made, 300 cases imported.”