The wines of the Haut-Rhin from Niedermorschwihr to Rohrschwihr
By Sue Style
This Guide was last updated on 14 March 2011
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Address: 15 Route de Bergheim,
Tel: 03 89 73 60 30 Fax: 03 89 73 89 04
Geo-coordinates: Latitude: 48:11:41N (48.19462) Longitude: 7:19:52E (7.33100)
The Trimbach family, winemakers in Ribeauvillé since 1626, are - together with Hugel and Beyer - THE reference for fine wine in Alsace. It’s a male preserve, with Hubert and Bernard (the senior generation) running the show, assisted by Bernard’s sons Pierre (the winemaker) and Jean (the roving ambassador for Trimbach). Trimbach wines are steely, elegant, restrained, bone-dry and very slow to mature – top wines in the best years are released onto the market only after four years in bottle. Entry-level wines are keenly priced and wholly reliable - try their fragrant Pinot Blanc and their Muscat which performs equally well on the nose as on the palate – rare for Alsace Muscats – and finishes dry. Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling, from grapes grown in the Osterberg and Geisberg Grand Cru vineyards (though you won’t find any mention of this on the label, for the reasons mentioned above – see Hugel), scales extraordinary heights and is present on the wine lists of all 26 of France’s Michelin three-star restaurants. Their most celebrated vineyard is the Clos Sainte Hune (situated within Grand Cru Rosacker)), which fans out at the foot of the beautiful Sainte Hune chapel in Hunawihr, responsible for what is generally acknowledged to be the most outstanding Riesling in Alsace, numbered amongst the greatest white wines of the world.
Useful information: Tasting room open Monday – Friday 08.00-11.45 and 13.30-17.15 preferably by appointment. Saturdays by appointment only.
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