Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Emile is named for Frédéric Emile Trimbach, a 19th Century Trimbach family member who contributed to the ongoing legacy of the winery. Made from fruit grown in the Grand Cru vineyards of Geisberg and Osterberg, vine age is 45 years on average. Rich and structured, this has a complex palate that sees spice, quince and a delicate touch of mint. Brilliantly fresh.
Founded in 1626 by Jean Trimbach, Trimbach arguably produces some of the world’s finest wines from its Grand Cru vineyards.
A phenomenal wine with roasted pineapple, dried pear, apple and mineral. Full body, incredible depth of fruit and liveliness with electrifying acidity. It goes on for minutes.
96 points, jamessuckling.com (September 2015)
Prominently briny and alkaline in a manner that comes as no surprise given the showing of the corresponding classic and Reserve bottlings, Trimbach’s 2010 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile delivers mouthwatering intrigue of oyster liquor, iodine, and oyster shell, its near severity and firmness akin to 2008 but its infectious juiciness and sheer energy more impressive. White peach with its pit as well as hints of huckleberry, sloe berry and nut oils lend succulence as well as piquancy to the long, lemony, almost piercingly bright, minerally palate-coating finish. Tasted alongside the corresponding 2011, this proves even clearer and more rivetingly dynamic. I anticipate it excelling through at least 2028.
94 points, Wine Advocate (October 2015)
Limestone. Grapes from Osterberg and Geisberg Grands Crus. Poor flowering. Just 22 hl/ha. Shortest harvest ever until 2017. Scoop: unusually, about 25% (one cask, all Geisberg) went through malolactic so this is a different style from usual Cuvée Frédéric Emile. (In 1993 they also had a bit of malo.) TA 8.33 g/l, RS 4.3 g/l.
Mid gold. Great concentration. Quite a bit of evolution on the nose and then massive density. Lightly honeyed nose. Real density and power. Some transparency and real vibration and depth. Lots of sophistication and potential.
17.5+ points, jancisrobinson.com (March 2018)
This finely knit white is long and lacy, offering a lovely range of dried apricot, Gala apple and sliced almond flavors backed by vibrant acidity and tangy minerality.
92 points, Alison Napjus, Wine Spectator (2017)
Bright, pale straw-yellow. Deep, intense aromas of yellow apple, mirabelle, jasmine and anise. Dense, suave and tangy, showing a lovely light touch and noteworthy lift to its flavors of apple, pear, minerals and flowers thanks to eye-watering acidity. Finishes cool, vibrant and palate-staining, with lingering notes of mint and liquid minerals.
95 points, Vinous (November 2012)