2000 Trimbach "Hommage à Jeanne" Pinot Gris (Elsewhere $50)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2000 Pinot Gris Hommage a Jeanne was produced from a selection of Trimbach's best Pinot Gris parcels (all harvested at over 15% natural potential alcohol). It sports 25 grams per liter of dry extract and 20 grams per liter of residual sugar. While at most firms this wine would merit a Vendanges Tardives bottling, the Trimbachs chose to pay homage to Jeanne Trimbach, the mother of Bernard and Hubert, who turned 100 in May 2000 and continues to drink Alsace's lovely nectars to this day. This gorgeous wine has mineral and smoke-imbued white peach aromas. On the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, dense, and rich. Layer after layer of apricot, poached pear, white peach, and spices can be found in its highly expressive, velvety-textured personality. It is an intensely concentrated, wonderfully balanced, fresh, and structured wine. Drink it between 2005 and 2018.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Superripe but bright aromas of peach and honey. Very rich and honeyed; sweeter and less alcoholic than the Reserve Personnelle, and more easygoing at this early stage. Some of this fruit was picked very late, at VT weight. This very rich, long tokay makes the Reserve Personnelle seem almost riesling-like by comparison. Still, there only a moderate 19 grams/liter of residual sugar here.
"The first thing that really sent me spinning was the aromatic complexity. I find that quite often Pinot Gris can be a bit one dimensional, but not this one. This has deep aromatics of citrus cream with underlying smoky minerals, and after nearly 13 years, still posesses fantastic freshness. The flavors and the balance on the palate is what really sold me, though. Perfectly aged, it just gives you layer after textured layer but retaining an amazing amount of brightness and control. Quite possibly the best Pinot Gris that I have ever tasted." (Eric Story, K&L Alsatian Wine Buyer) To end the millennium, Pierre Trimbach decided to pay homage to his grandmother Jeanne (1900 - 2000) by producing the rare Pinot Gris Hommage à Jeanne. An astounding reflection of what the Pinot Gris varietal can achieve from old vines in Alsace’s best terroirs.The Trimbachs have a purist vision. Across 12 generations, the family has always produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style.