2009 Trimbach "Cuvée Frédéric Émile" Riesling Alsace

SKU #1250629 97 points James Suckling

 This is so open and sexy with blood orange, minerals, flint and stone. Full-bodied and tangy, plus sliced lemon, lime and white peach. Salty with limestone too. Amazing.  (9/2015)

96 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Cellar Selection* A benchmark for Alsace Riesling, Cuvée Frédéric Emile is released only as it approaches maturity, and this 2009 is just getting there now. With kerosene aromas and tight, intensely zesty and mineral flavors, it shows the Trimbach approach—that Riesling needs to be bone dry. It's impressive now, but will be even better from 2016. (RV)  (12/2014)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Citrus zest, fruit pit, huckleberry, and white pepper lend Trimbach’s 2009 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile an aromatic piquancy and tactile bite that – allied to an oily texture – might pull a bit too much in a bitter direction were it not for a satisfying and far from vintage-typical abundance of exuberantly juicy lime, tangerine, and kiwi. A high-toned aura of pit fruit distillate hovers over the entire performance. Crushed stone and alkaline mineral notes add depth to an invigoratingly and tenaciously lingering finish. (DS)  (5/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Pale straw-green. Delicate notes of cinnamon, sage and lemongrass on the enticing nose. Rich, dense and structured, with spicy white fruit, quince, fresh herbs and minty nuances on the structured palate. Finishes fresh and long, with a surprising amount of flesh, not surprising perhaps in a vintage that yielded some very heavy wines at other famous estates. Unlike many other wines made in this hot, dry growing season with a late harvest and little or no botrytis), this Frédéric Emile struck me as excellent and rather fresh. (ID)  (9/2013)

92 points Wine Spectator

 A compact white that marries a firm backbone of acidity with focused flavors of apple and green pear, petrol and lanolin, honeycomb and ground spice. Delivers a fresh, zesty finish. (AN)  (6/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 2009 due to be released before the 2008. Steely, limey, dry and a bit nutty. Very little development so far - deserves ageing, because I'm sure it will get better than this, considering the pedigree. (RH)  (6/2014)

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/3/2016 | Send Email
Crushed stone fruit, citrus blossoms, white peach, lanolin and a long, stony finish all strike the senses simultaneously in this weighty and bone-dry wine. Although still stern in its youth, there is a depth of richness that a few years in a cellar will greatly reward. This is a concentrated, focused white steeped in dry extract and limestone minerality.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2016 | Send Email
Petrol with a hint of honeysuckle on the nose, this gorgeous Riesling presents all the minerality you could dream of from Alsace, plus slight salinity throughout the palate and a racy acidity that sneaks in at the finish. Trimbach is always a favorite but the expressive 2009 shows exceptionally well. Bright with complex texture and notes of lime, honey, and some stonefruit, this should age beautifully but I can't help but want to drink it immediately with something spicy.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
Riesling fans will want to splurge on this one! The Cuvée Frédéric Émile is a beautiful Riesling drinking incredibly well and showing a deliciously liberal expression. Fueled with all the classic hallmarks -- aromas of petrol and citrus blossom, generous acidity and stony minerality, a mid-palate rich with tropical fruit and weighted texture -- this wine just plain delivers. The finish is a mix of zesty, salty fruit that just lingers and lingers. A lovely wine, well worth the $50 price point.

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Beautiful nose, with just a bit of that Riesling fusel nature, but on that palate this wine gets serious. Power, structure, length all allow that spiced floral nose to languorously coil around the center. A wine with a long life ahead!
Drink from 2016 to 2029

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
The Trimbach family tradition of viticulture dates back to 1626. Yes, you read that right, they have been in the industry for 390 years! Read the above ratings from the critics (and below from our in-house critics!) to see exactly what this wine is all about. On the nose, the wine is youthful and bright with faint aromas of petrol and apple skin. On the palate, the wine bursts with citrus, pear, apple and finishes clean with lingering acidity. This is a truly special one. Drink now or hold. Your choice.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Truly a superlative offering from one of Alsace's most prominent producers. This is full-bodied dry Riesling in its prime. Developing great texture and supreme complexity, the 2009 is drinking like a dream. Big honey, big citrus aromatics, powerful mineral and fresh white pepper on the nose. The palate bodes well for this wines future, great structure and intensity, but open and ready to go if you need it. You can drink it all up right now, or put it away for another decade or more.

By: Eric Story | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Where to start with this one? How about from the top, IT'S REALLY TASTY WINE! Believe it or not this is still showing an amazing amount of youthfulness and energy. In fact, I'd still call it a baby of a wine. Loads of bright citrus, fleshy stone fruit and spice up and down and all around. A real showcase of what amazing Riesling is all about...

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2016 | Send Email
Petrol, slate, key lime, and salt aromas set the stage for a bracing mouthful of Riesling. And it does deliver that, though not only that, as it broadens considerably in the mouth, finding a creamy texture, and a suggestion of sweetness, without ever losing sight of its coiled tension and thorough-going minerality. Apple and pear flavors mesh with spice notes, and something quinine-like, before it all ends with pin-point precision. The more supple fruit component finally echoes gently down the long, lingering finish: this really puts on quite a show!

By: Olivia Ragni | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/3/2016 | Send Email
With 7 years of age, the Cuvee Frederic Emile is just beginning to develop. The nose burst with aromas of white flowers, honeycomb, herbs and a subtle hint of petrol. On the palate a smack of minerality like wet stones shows first, with white tea, rhubarb and white nectarine shining through. While this Riesling is drinking exceptionally now, it is structurally sound, with bright acid and big texture, ready to sit in your cellar for a few more years. Enjoy it now with some Szechuan food.

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Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Alsace

- A region and appellation in France that has been a part of both France and Germany throughout history. Geologically isolated from both countries, Alsace has also maintained much of its own culture and wine tradition, while also being influenced by the traditions of both countries. Alsatian wine is easily recognized by it traditional tall bottles. Alsatian wine makers produce a unique style of varietal wine, 90 percent of which is white.