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 Vintage1997 Label 1 of 17 
TypeWhite
ProducerTrimbach (web)
VarietyRiesling
Designationn/a
VineyardClos Ste. Hune
CountryFrance
RegionAlsace
SubRegionn/a
AppellationAlsace
UPC Code(s)1000000000303

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2008 and 2021 (based on 10 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 92.6 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 50 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by Dbrane on 4/18/2015 & rated 92 points: Almost as young as the '99 tasted together but this already had notes of petrol on the nose. Equally tight and restrained with lots of citrus filled minerality on the dry finish. Just amazing how full of potential this is. Not really enjoyable now, but will be in at least 5-10 years time. (516 views)
 Tasted by RayOB on 1/22/2015 & rated 93 points: Drank in Hong Kong
Faint nose of petrol and fruit. Beautiful balanced palate. Singing. (616 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/11/2014 flawed bottle: Dark yellow. Obviously oxidized. Not horribly so, so we drank our way through the bottle, and it did revive a bit with air. Still good feel and acidity but heavy, dull stone fruit just sits there in a leaden way. Last bottle, too bad. (1674 views)
 Tasted by JonAllen on 2/25/2014 & rated 92 points: my first experience with Clos St Hune, liked this, was full of what i assume was the "petrol" everyone talks about on night one, rounded, slightly thick but with some real acid and a touch of citrus tunneling through, each of the next two nights i liked it better as it got more linear and the tension built, maybe i just drank this too soon, enjoyed but not as much as others (per their TN's) (1429 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 2/1/2014 & rated 96 points: This is our favorite non burgundian white in our favorite vintage. We got the bonus of the sommelier at Nomad saying this was the best pairing with our appetizer and we were stunned all around. The familiar petrol nose, the coated palate and the taglietelli (1623 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 11/1/2013 & rated 93 points: wine was uncharacteristically shy for about an hour when it blossomed. still great but not a best in class bottle. all the petrol, acidity and fruit that create a great balance (1630 views)
 Tasted by igaf on 10/30/2013: Slightly reductive on the nose, slowly cleaning up and opening - caramel, light honey, floral and strawberry notes. Med+ body, very intense on the palate, strong acidity, creamy texture. Lemon and other citrus, some backed apple, very fine, but somehow a bit unriesling-y. Rich, long aftertaste. (1063 views)
 Tasted by KenK on 10/26/2013 & rated 93 points: Lovely smoky petrol aromas with white pepper. Dry sleek broad character with spicy finish. Great mineral extract with green lime quality and drinking nicely. Just a bit sharp and slightly tight. Seems like has long way to go, although fruit level seems slightly shy. (927 views)
 Tasted by Burgundy Al on 10/26/2013 & rated 93 points: Big blast of petrol and citrus aromas that somewhat seem to signify "sweet." Fat, unctuous texture to start hints at the same, but the clean, crisp apple and lemon peel flavors prove otherwise in a very interesting and appealing manner. Long and precise. (1076 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 8/17/2013: not as strong as showing as usual (1021 views)
 Tasted by InVinjeVeritas on 8/6/2013 & rated 92 points: Very acidic when opened, but softened up after an hour in the decanter. distinct smell of petro, but not to much. Bone dry, with aftertaste lingering on for minutes. I assume this will develop further at least for a decade. (948 views)
 Tasted by Rupert on 7/11/2013 & rated 87 points: Clos Ste Hune vertical (Roberson, Kensington, London): Another odd one. Cobwebs. Wet wool. Medicinal. (1007 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 5/17/2013: Two San Francisco Dinners with Charles; 5/17/2013-5/18/2013: Remarkably limpid color for its age. As I've noted before, positively Germanic in its weight and delicacy. All tart lemon fruit to start, but unfolded to reveal subtle stone fruit as well. Rising petrol secondary aromas. Not one of the higher acidity Clos Ste. Hunes. A model of discrete elegance. (1179 views)
 Tasted by Mistress of Wine on 4/23/2013: This bottle was leaner with pungent lemon and quinine and some petrol and smoke overtones. Still a riper wine than the recent 1995 but none of us were complaining. (952 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 3/30/2013 & rated 98 points: i love this wine and this was the best showing I have had yet. Big, powerful. Typical petrol with a acidic citrus edge but a powerful blast of honeyed tree fruits and something creamy. Its unique. (899 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 1/5/2013: Medium yellow. Black tea and more mature, high toned secondary Riesling smells than previous bottles. Delicate for and not nearly as dense as typical vintages of Clos Ste. Hune. Absolutely, positively bone dry with fierce acidity and some initial quinine bitterness which dissipated as it warmed up. It became more carressing and textural as well. The fruit is more lemon and less peach. An experience to be sure, but still not one of the more memorable bottles of this incredible cuvee. (1164 views)
 Tasted by mjfaulkner on 12/30/2012 & rated 93 points: Light yellow in color. Honeyed petrol on nose. This opened up considerably over the course of 2 hours to reveal grapefruit and floral notes. This is absolutely bone dry, it's austerity is borderline forbidding (1016 views)
 Tasted by ricknat1 on 12/22/2012 & rated 95 points: petrol on the nose,this wine never diasappoints. Elliott loved it (1061 views)
 Tasted by dbg on 9/8/2012: BWE: 1982 Bordeaux Retrospective (New York City: Fabio Piccolo Fiore): My first experience with this wine and I hope not my last. Very pale, minerally, bit of petrol in the nose (I like this - it adds complexity) made me think of German Riesling. Sharply focused on the palate with light to medium body and great balance, medium finish, outstanding. (2072 views)
 Tasted by dcwino on 5/3/2012 & rated 94 points: Bernard Burtschy dinner at Taberna del Alabardero (Taberna del Alabardero, Washington D.C.): Despite my nose at 50%, incredibly complex nose. Initially sweet and floral, also a hint of petrol, crème brulee, yellow fruits, lightly caramelized apple and peach. It is beguiling as the nose impression is so rich and complex yet the palate is airy and bone dry. Although very dry there is very little mineral expression which makes this wine a bit flat at the end. Nevertheless a beautiful expression of Riesling. Lovely. (2368 views)
 Tasted by Didman on 3/5/2012 & rated 94 points: A really delightful aging Riesling. Becoming very complex with long lasting flavors on the palate. (1751 views)
 Tasted by loriannkru on 2/26/2012: OTBN 2012. Round and nuanced. Still a powerhouse, but the edge was off the acid. Great with reuben and green cabbage sauerkraut with mustard sauce. (1833 views)
 Tasted by Didman on 11/15/2011 & rated 93 points: Medium yellow, very dry. Amazingly complex. A citrus minerality comes through the delicate remaining fruit. Plenty of life left for years to come. Will be interesting to see how it evolves in the future. (2156 views)
 Tasted by Lombardi on 8/4/2011 & rated 90 points: Initially very austere and tight (in part due to the temperature). Opened up with time in the glass. Mineral and citrus. Great acidity and structure in all. I expected more on fruit content and finish. Very enjoyable (2058 views)
 Tasted by Philippe_C on 1/9/2011 & rated 88 points: Nose of petroleum, a bit of yellow apple... in the mouth, yellow apple, lacking lenght, lacking minerality... also dissapointing.. (2221 views)
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By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, Mar-12, IWC Issue #10200 (3/1/2012)
(Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Maison F. E. Trimbach Alsace’s Finest Traditionalist
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By Jancis Robinson, MW
JancisRobinson.com (3/10/2005)
(Trimbach, Clos Ste Hune Riesling Alsace White) Subscribe to see review text.
By Stephen Tanzer
Vinous, July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85
(Domaine Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune) Subscribe to see review text.
By John Kapon
Vintage Tastings, Clos Ste. Hune Vertical at Tse Yang, Dinner in Vegas and a 2002 Blind Aussie Recap (11/7/2005)
(Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune) rounded out the first flight with a more minerally and almost anisy personality. There was petrol, citrus, smoke and 'pink grapefruit,' according to Mike. He also pointed out that it was 'rougher and less elegant,' and it was a bit square, indeed. The wine was still very good, but and I initially thought that it might not get any better than it was right then. On the second go around, however, distinct lollipop aromas kicked in and the wine improved significantly  92 points
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Clos Ste. Hune

A note on the Terroir by James E. Wilson (1998, University of California Press, Berkeley). You may want to consult pp 94-100 for color figures making the geology easier to comprehend. A copy of this seminal book should be part of every serious wine amateur's library!

...The Upper and Middle Triassic strata contain dolomites [magnesium-calcium phosphates] interbedded anhydrite [anhydrous calcium sulfate] and gypsiferous clays [derived from calcium sulfate]. [comment -- soils derived from these minerals would be expected to have an acidic reaction]; the hard dolomites would help form the low hills of this terrain; They also contribute to the pebbly texture of the soil. The Lower Triassic is made up of sandstones and shales, with conglomerates and overall stratigraphic sequences, few classic caprock and slope landforms develop; rather the typical features are low, rounded hills. In addition to the alluvial fans, there are some Quaternary sheet washes of pebbles and sands from the Vosges mixed with the calcareous sandy/clay soils. ....the Ribeauville Fault Bundle opens up southward at St.-Hippolyte and continues [southward] to the Fecht fan delta at Colmar. The area contains a large numbe--more than a third--of the Grands Crus of Alsace. The detail of the geologic map [..... brings] out the patchwork nature of the faulting.


The cross-section of the sub-Vosgian Hills illustrates how the step faulting lowers successvely younger strata into place toward the Rhine fault. The fault blocks are between 100 and 150 acres (40-60 ha) in size. Coming through [like a] vivid patchwork, the dominant [.....] Triassic, [...] Jurassic, and [ ...] Oligocene [demonstrate] the sequence of the step-faulting.


Beginning with the tiny Kanzlerberg terroir at Bergheim, six Grands Crus are located in the [...] Triassic zone: Osterberg, Kirchberg, Geisberg, Rosacker, and Schoenenbourg, Clos-Ste.-Hune, andthough not a Grand Cru, is also on Triassic soils. [note--while Trimbach's Clos Ste.-Hune is not an AOC Alsace Grand Cru, there is little doubt that this wine could be so labelled if the Trinbachs chose to participate in the Grand Cru scheme.]jht


A write-up on this vineyard by Rare Wine Co's Manny Berk--ed. by jht

The Trimbach family’s tiny 3-acre Clos Ste. Hune .......... The Clos lies within the Rosacker grand cru. Yet, the Trimbachs label [the wines{ simply as Clos Ste. Hune, just as they have since 1919. They refer to neither Rosacker nor grand cru [..].

A Unique Terroir. Arguably the most perfect place in France to grow Riesling, Clos Ste. Hune stands apart from Alsace’s other top Riesling vineyards, which rely on steep slopes and heat-retaining granite or schist soil to bring their fruit to full ripeness. In contrast, Clos Ste. Hune’s 40-year-old vines are planted in cool, calcareous- clay soil with a gentle incline and a high percentage of limestone.

So, while other famous Alsace Rieslings can sometimes border on heaviness, Clos Ste. Hune balances its enveloping richness with an intense minerality, remarkable finesse and great structure. Thus, like a Raveneau grand cru Chablis, the more it ages, the more profound Clos Ste. Hune becomes.

One Master. Clos Ste. Hune has for more than two centuries [been made by] one of France’s greatest winemaking families. Staunch traditionalists, the Trimbachs reject their neighbors’ recent efforts to make sweeter, lusher wines. They continue to make Clos Ste. Hune as they did in the past: a cool, slow fermentation, a quick racking to remove the wine from the lees, no malolactic fermentation and a short period of aging in neutral wood foudre before bottling early to retain the fruit. The wine is then aged for an incredible five years in bottle before being released.

In [extremely exceptional] years, tiny amounts of Vendange Tardive are made, but they are different from other VT’s. They result not from botrytis but passerillage—dehydration caused by the sap returning to the vine's root system. They boast immense concentration and complexity, but only off-dry levels of residual sugar, as Trimbach vinifies them to be as dry as possible. Like other Clos Ste. Hunes, the VT’s are capable of immortality.

Unrivalled Consistency. But what makes Clos Ste. Hune most extraordinary is its consistency, having established a record of greatness over the last 86 years that is unequaled in Alsace. As Tom Stevenson writes in The Wines of Alsace, "I cannot think of any Alsace Riesling that could match its performance year-in, year-out over a span of, say, 40 vintages. It is the consistency of performance that establishes the greatness of a growth."

Even in average years like 1986, Clos Ste. Hune is stunningly aromatic, complex and capable of long development. Such a track record shows the advantage of this vineyard as a Trimbach monopole..... With only 500 to 600 cases made, and demand far exceeding supply, even current vintages of Clos Ste. Hune can be excruciatingly difficult to find. As for older vintages, these can be impossible [to find].

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France

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