2016 Trimbach Clos Ste-Hune Riesling Alsace (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1518288 98 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark This is really phenomenal with such compact fruit and mineral, lemon and spice character. It’s full-bodied yet so refined and polished. It goes on for days. Glorious! Will be released by 2024. Drink on release or hold. Inner quote mark (7/2019)

98 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Luminous straw. Penetrating nuances of lime and guava join the lemon verbena, jasmine, mineral and white stone fruit aromas on the knockout, captivating nose. Then dense, complex and multilayered, offering profound flavors of fresh citrus fruit, sweet spices and talcum powder. Closes extremely long, clean and precise; this is a young white wine of utterly mesmerizing beauty. I find this to be one of the best young CSHs I have ever tasted; it is stylistically different but almost on the same quality level as the marvelous 2010 CSH. One sniff (never mind taste) and I was left almost speechless - and I’m not usually one who keeps his mouth shut when I recognize a truly great wine. (ID) Inner quote mark (4/2018)

97 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Here in the United States, Clos Ste. Hune used to be something of an “insider’s wine” and I used to be able to sell a fairly significant number of cases of this wine back in my wine merchant days. Given the fact that only about seven thousand bottles are made in most vintages, it was pretty remarkable that I could get ten to fifteen cases of this wine in most vintages (twelve bottle cases back in those days), and sometimes I could also offer several back vintages as well! It is a lot harder to source this wine these days, as the world now fully understands just how special it is, but at least the superb quality has not changed at all from those good old days! The 2016 Clos Ste. Hune comes in at an even thirteen percent octane and offers up a pure, classic bouquet of green fruit, apple, petrol, a kaleidoscopic base of limestone minerality, citrus peel, just a whisper of fresh-culled mint and a topnote of white flowers. On the palate the wine is precise, deep and full, with a rock solid core of fruit, stunning mineral drive and grip, zesty acids and great length and grip on the beautifully balanced and very complex finish. This is a simply stunning vintage of Clos Ste. Hune! 2025-2065 Inner quote mark (9/2021)

96 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark The 4.12 acres of Clos Ste. Hune, within the Rosacker grand cru, have been in the Trimbach family for more than 200 years. The parcel faces south-southeast on limestone subsoils and it is widely regarded as one of the great vineyards of the world, not only for the finesse and power of its wines, but also for their longevity. The riesling vines, averaging 50 years of age, produced a 2016 that runs on clean energy, starting from the first taste that immediately brings a tingle on the tongue—nothing to do with volatility, but rather a bulwark of freshness that hides any sense of weight in the wine. You can almost feel the fruit coming into ripeness as each taste develops in your mouth, from underripe apricot to fuller yellow plum and a tense, herbal savor. This is a cellar-worthy wine that manages to be sexy as well. Inner quote mark (8/2021)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A chiseled white, deftly knitting a lovely range of ripe nectarine and plum fruit, Meyer lemon peel and fresh rosemary notes with laserlike acidity and a rich undertow of petrol and brine. It's finely detailed and lightly chalky in texture, with the juicy fruit and mineral notes returning to echo on the finish. This is a pleasure right now but will continue to shine over time. (AN) Inner quote mark (6/2021)

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