2007 Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Émile Riesling (Elsewhere $70)
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.
Racy, finely tuned acidity frames this elegant white, supporting a subtle, layered palate. Shows base notes of petrol and brine, tangy apple, grapefruit zest, fresh forest and candle wax. Long, long minerally finish. Drink now through 2027. 5,000 cases made.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Trimbach’s 2007 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile – the driest rendition ever of this cuvee, at well under a gram of residual sugar, yet with nearly eight grams acidity – can definitely use the time it will receive in bottle before being released in late 2011 or early 2012! If this year’s reserve Riesling flirted with austerity, the Frederic Emile risks severity. That said, its arrow-like penetration and sharpness; its adamant stoniness; and its citrus zest and cherry pit bitterness, are allied to formidable density; bracing salinity; deep, marrow-like meatiness; a subtle suggestion of textural creaminess; and an overall impression of exhilarating, vibrant refreshment. This will be for those with patience and/or for acid freaks (of which I count myself one) and ought to remain fresh for 15 or more years. (DS)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(13.3% alcohol; 7.9 g/l total acidity; 3 pH; 0.7 g/l residual sugar): Pale straw-green color. Quince, chlorophyll, licorice, menthol, jasmine and lemon verbena on a nose that's surprisingly perfumed for what was a very warm vintage. Fragrant, fresh and clean on entry, with harmonious but lively acidity lifting the lemon and lime flavors complicated by minty herbs, quinine and licorice. Minerally and penetrating on the long, saline finish, showing more flesh than some other Frédéric Emile vintages. The 2007 vintage began like 2011, with very early flowering and veraison dates, but 2007 was fresher overall. A few September rains had people fearing a repeat of 2006 (when inclement fall weather damaged harvest quality), and many producers pulled the trigger too soon, picking grapes that were not fully ripe.
Of the various Trimbach Rieslings, the Cuvée Frédéric Émile is among the finest. Classic, structured and very very long with layers of minerality and texture. Clean and racy with bright citrus with a salty textural core of mid fruit and balanced finish with juicy layers of acidity. With fantastic freshness throughout, this wine will remain quite young for years to come. (Eric Story, K&L Alsace Buyer)