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 Vintage1999 Label 1 of 56 
ProducerTrimbach (web)
DesignationCuvée Frédéric Emile
UPC Code(s)808755000289

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2006 and 2013 (based on 13 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Trimbach Riesling Frederic Emile on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 90 pts. and median of 90 pts. in 63 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by cfk49 on 12/29/2015 & rated 88 points: Cellared since original release. Quite austere the first day opened. Still austere, but less so, the second day. But overall, disappointing. A correct wine at the moment with plenty of minerality, but nothing more. Check back in five years. (227 views)
 Tasted by abh on 3/15/2015: Wow, so young. Focused, precise, quite a lot of petrol still but stoney, complex with terrific acidity. (1111 views)
 Tasted by Ebrim on 1/11/2015 & rated 89 points: Decanted right before consuming. Nose of petrol, lime, honey and a littlebit oxidized. On the palate it's petrol, lime peel, clementin, floral tones, iron/copper mineral notes and grapefruit on the aftertaste. M+ aciddity, m+ intens and m+ lenght. Do not think it will get better with age. This was a littlebit oxidized, could be the bottle. Pairing with food i personally would love some cured ham like pata negra and old Jarlsberg or similar cheese. (1176 views)
 Tasted by JBVino on 6/20/2014: Opened and poured...initially giving nothing but after 30min in the glass petrol secondary flavors started to arrive to give the wine some personality. Even though secondary flavors started to appear wine still was past its best. Wine lacked acidity and any texture to give it life. Overall ok but far from outstanding. (1973 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/30/2014: Medium yellow. Petrol aromatics. Full, dry stone fruit. Not as precise or as long as last bottle, but classic, complex and full of black tea. Excellent. (2251 views)
 Tasted by Paul D on 4/5/2014 & rated 91 points: Pale/medium gold. Nose is developed showing kerosene, ripe apple, notes of orange and lime, touch of smoke. Medium bodied, lovely oily texture, kerosene, orange, ripe apple, vibrant acids carrying a long, broad finish with orange and lime notes and also a touch of cream. Delicious, drinking beautifully, showing no signs of decline. (2016 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/27/2013: Light yellow. More petrol than before. Medium weight, great intensity, more mineral than fruit with tremendous stone dust finish. Another outstanding bottle and in no danger of decline. Should easily live to age 25. (1855 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 5/26/2013: Tulip yellow. A brief gasp of petrol, then lemon and tea. On the lighter side, but my goodness, breathtaking drive and intensity. Lemon pith, herbs and liquid stone on the palate with incredibly long, clingy aftertaste. Dry as the desert...on second thought, maybe even drier. My experience with this wine over the past several years suggests that it is just coming into its own. A very underrated Frederic Emile that is proving to be spectacular and classic. Can the '99 Clos Ste. Hune be that much better? (2430 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 3/28/2013: Probably best showing I’ve ever had of this wine- 1999 isn’t a wow vintage at Trimbach, but this is getting pretty wowwy. Just a bit tight at first, it opens after an hour and stay open. Lemon/grapefruit and a hint of ginger, some petrol with air. Balanced acids, voluptuous without being heavy, quite pleasing. A- (1822 views)
 Tasted by ElGreco on 3/3/2013 & rated 89 points: Smells quite floral. Plenty of lemon and lime as well. The palate is razor sharp; demonstrating minerals and petrol. The finish is moderate, but not unending. It remained open for several hours but never developed other nuances -- despite this, I believe there is plenty of life left in this 'ol workhorse. (1701 views)
 Tasted by galewskj on 12/21/2012 & rated 87 points: Quite long in the tooth. Mature and subtle. (1842 views)
 Tasted by ArieS on 12/16/2012 flawed bottle: Corked..... (1652 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/12/2012: Yellow. Mature Riesling high tones, citrus and dry stone fruit. Medium weight, tangy papaya and lime with lively acidity, and an urgent finale of stone and soil. Dry as dry can be. Amazingly, this wine continues to come on and improve, with each bottle over the past year and a half ratcheting up the intensity and persistence. I may have underestimated it at first, but it is working its way up through the ranks of my experience with outstanding Frederic Emiles. (1162 views)
 Tasted by wynnewood500 on 10/7/2012: Surprisingly dry for a riesling. Seems pretty edgy instead of round. Ok but not typical for a reisling. (1457 views)
 Tasted by cct on 9/1/2012 & rated 87 points: A nice stony petrol nose, with citrus pith and bitter herbs. Still brightly acidic, with excellent stoniness, lime and grapefruit pith, and cooler savory herbal stuff. At first it seems thin and a bit angular, but it does have depth, just not in the fruit spectrum. Certainly for fans of acid and rocks. This will win no congeniality contest, and a wine with perhaps more academic interest than pure pleasure, but I quite like it, but one would have to be in the mood for this wine, and I am tonight. At peak and I can't see a reason to age this further. 87pts (1491 views)
 Tasted by Eric Mitchnick on 4/24/2012: 88 some depth good with acidic foods not much nose (1632 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 4/17/2012: Three Flavors of Riesling (Heirloom Cafe, San Francisco): Light yellow. Just a hint of secondary Riesling notes and citrus. Clearly lighter weight and more airy than the Brundlmayer. Complex flavors of tea and herbs as well as tart lemony finish. Excellent with food. Will last. (1887 views)
 Tasted by salil on 2/16/2012 & rated 84 points: A really strange showing. Quite austere with barely any sensation of fruit, strong vinyl and metallic notes and surprising back end heat initially. With air it comes together a little as some savoury, smoke-tinged fruit emerges, but it seems rather charmless and not all that well balanced. (1887 views)
 Tasted by DaleW on 2/13/2012: Tight before decanting, showed well after (I thought color was little advanced, but wine didn't show it). Grapefruit, petrol, a little tropical edge. Good length. B+ (1744 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 12/27/2011: Light to medium yellow with green tint. Wonderful tea and tart citrus fruit. Medium weight, still not quite as dense as other vintages of Frederic Emile, but now has exquisite texture and length. Face scrunching brisk acidity and papaya-like fruit, earthy/limestone finish. Dry, dry, dry in the Trimbach mold. Only at the very end of the bottle does some petrol appear. Pristine and better than I originally thought. This may be one of the best Frederic Emiles for current drinking-need more! (2128 views)
 Tasted by Mistress of Wine on 11/6/2011: Still light yellow. The aromas just lept from the glass--lime, mineral and now strong petrol notes. On the palate, dry, precise, long, with some grapefruit and saline also. Young enough to keep, but with increasingly complex riesling aromatics. Wonderful. (2360 views)
 Tasted by Chomsky on 10/15/2011: This is so what it's all about. The nose is rockss and diesel. On the palate... oh, the palate! A tiny core of vaguely oxidized fruit-like characteristics plus marzipan and maybe melon, and a tiny hint of browned butter, anchors the flavor spectrum that is driven home with huge, nervy acids, but it all fans out with jaw-dropping richness that resonates seemingly endlessly across the tongue. Total umami bomb, staggering in its austere purity. So rare to find such a compelling combination of precision and richness like this, except in these Trimbach bottlings. (This was considerably more enjoyable at slightly above cellar temperature than at anything below that.) (2307 views)
 Tasted by spaniel on 6/4/2011 & rated 93 points: Based on tasting notes below, I thought it was time to drink up, but this still tastes incredibly young. Clear, with scarcely a sign of aging. Nose is grapefruit, lime and apple. Minimal petrol. Sharp linear palate with fresh mouthwatering acidity., ending in along clean finish. This can last decades more. (2592 views)
 Tasted by Didman on 4/24/2011 & rated 90 points: Mature, but will likely hold up a bit longer. (2661 views)
 Tasted by slaton on 1/22/2011 flawed bottle: Very light tca taint. It's actually a little hard to tease it apart from the slight diesel notes here but there is a persistent phenolic note from both the cork and wine that becomes more obvious with time. (2224 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Maison F. E. Trimbach Alsace’s Finest Traditionalist
(Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile- Maison Trimbach) Login and sign up and see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Bonus Articles, The House of Trimbach (Originally May 1998, updated December 2003)
(Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile- Trimbach) Login and sign up and see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 2001, IWC Issue #97
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