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 Vintage1990 Label 1 of 28 
TypeWhite
ProducerTrimbach (web)
VarietyRiesling
DesignationCuvée Frédéric Emile
Vineyardn/a
CountryFrance
RegionAlsace
SubRegionn/a
AppellationAlsace

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2000 and 2015 (based on 11 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 93.2 pts. and median of 93 pts. in 44 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by ŞarapTutkunları on 5/25/2015 & rated 93 points: deep lemon yellow with hints of green tinges, lemon peel, hint of green apple, and wet stones, there is also a floral aroma dancing through it.Palate is dry with excellent acidity, long my only critisism would be that it could be a little bit more aromatic, in fact this wine is still young. (4089 views)
 Tasted by etyc on 2/27/2015: 1990-themed dinner (The American Club): Served blind after the DP, and oh, this was so classy. Tell-tale notes of petrol pointed to aged Riesling, together with scents of herbs and very delicate (light) notes of tropical fruits. Bone dry on the palate, it had that stony minerality, bright acidity intermixed with notes of apples, a bit of nectarines which all glided across the palate so elegantly and weightlessly, which culminated in a finish not quite as long as the DP, but still very respectable. Great! (722 views)
 Tasted by Vini Ciclismo on 12/6/2014 & rated 91 points: Pale gold, nice lustre.
Deep citrus and honey fragrance, plump and tending towards tropical fruit. Pure and intense. A faint hint of spice, zesty minerality.
Ripe citrus fruits, honey, with a slightly spicy dried herb and mineral edge. Has softened but far more vibrant than 24 years might suggest. Fruit is still to the fore, and not a hint of kerosene, just a little oxidative spice coming through. Not the best bottle I've had (cork was saturated, possibly had some impact) but still a good one. (807 views)
 Tasted by traill on 2/14/2014: 1/01 v.g. steely, young, needs air (1008 views)
 Tasted by coteamor on 1/24/2014 & rated 95 points: Bought on release and cellared. Perfect level. Opened with dinner. Rich in colour for a Riesling, smells glorious; meadows, stones, Alsace. Great balance of richness and purity, butter and minerality. Cuts through Jamon Iberico with perfect acidity. Caught between adolescence and maturity the 1990 vintage really suits this wine, albeit intense. A wine to while your life way with. (1954 views)
 Tasted by beatles on 11/23/2013 & rated 91 points: The Gilded Man (Aalborg, Denmark): By far fresher than the last bottle I tasted - but absolutely full ripe. A complete, harmonious riesling with smoke, kerosene, rich fruit and considerable length. (551 views)
 Tasted by Argrath on 11/14/2013 & rated 95 points: Elegant, almost rubbery nose with very delicate and nice fruit aromas. This is actually complex with tender yellow fruit, dried, elegant herbs, and pure citrus fruit. Perfect development, but no disturbing mature notes of oil boiler!
A palate loaded with mineral and grinded stones. Elegant and pure. Absolute balance and a tremendous grip. The acidity and finish goes on and on. Medium-fullish body. Nice austere dryness. Just a hint of petrol (15%) Splendid.
We actually thought this younger (!) than the 2001 Trimbach CFE tasted blind at the same time. A very positive surprise. We tasted this 4 or 5 years ago and thought it one of the best Riesling's tasted. This keeps together in a fantastic way. Is it indestructible? And it is so much more elegant than a typical Alsace Riesling. The vintage must be one of the best. Or did Trimbach make wine in a much more austere way back in those days? (1792 views)
 Tasted by fclarity on 5/19/2013 & rated 92 points: Tasted blind, this wine had a light yellow center and clear rims. The high- intensity nose of apple cider, citrus, pineapple, and petrol was unusal and interesting.

The wine tasted notably different in the mouth than in the nose. It didn't show the apple cider and was quite crisp with a long white stone finish.

An attractive wine (close to 93 points) that is in the zone. Enjoy (2271 views)
 Tasted by esh44 on 4/10/2013 & rated 92 points: Similar themes as my prior tasting notes, but for some reason, this bottle felt a tad bit flatter. Still very interesting, very tasty, very drinkable -- but just less sharp and precise than other bottles. (2037 views)
 Tasted by esh44 on 2/11/2013 & rated 95 points: This is just a fantastic wine. My second bottle in the past few months and consistent notes. Beautiful gold color, chrysanthemum, lanolin, white flowers, faint peach notes. The nose was prominent and filled the glass with heady aromas. The finish lasted for quite a while. Wonderful! (1936 views)
 Tasted by esh44 on 12/8/2012 & rated 94 points: Simply fantastic bottle. Slight gold color. What a medley of chrysanthemum flowers, lanolin, fresh paint, honey, hint of petrol, etc. etc. etc. A tiny tang of sour acidity on the finish, but nothing that threw the balance out of whack. Drank over a few hours with Austrian food. Can't wait for the next bottle... (1524 views)
 Tasted by Vini Ciclismo on 8/11/2012 & rated 95 points: Pale, green hue on deep straw. Youthful looking. Fresh deep ripe fruit nose, tropical with honey hints. Pure fleshy palate, softened but still deeply flavoured. Not even a hint of oxidation. Delicious. (1309 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 3/28/2012: Old Young, Old Young (San Francisco): Deep yellow. Peach, lemon and subtle petrol. Rich yet bone dry, fantastic acidity and minerality, great length. Quintessential dry Alsatian Riesling. Incredible retention of freshness despite the development of mature notes-how long could this go on? Every bottle of this over the last few years has been amazing. Sadly, this was the last one in my possession. (2103 views)
 Tasted by Mingmong on 3/17/2012 & rated 96 points: Guava, asparagus, limestoney minerality, beeswax and kerosene on the nose. Vibrantly fresh, good acidity, green asparagus and orange blossoms and peach. Still very fresh and youthful with a long long dry finish. Would definitely want to try again in 5 years. (1759 views)
 Tasted by Alex H on 3/17/2012 & rated 92 points: Smells fatty rich with essential oils and kero. Honeysuckle and wild white flowers. Superb linearity with stone and slate and all things dry. Bone dry. Dry and sweet at the same time. Riesling at it's highest level. (1858 views)
 Tasted by Paul S on 3/17/2012 & rated 96 points: Mega-Pointer Dinner (Yuan Wei Deep-Sea Garoupa, Serangoon Road): Wow. This was ridiculously good - one of the best dry Rieslings I have had for a some time. Opened 4 hours before serving, it showed an almost understated nose that slowly unfurled with little drifts of beeswax and honey, a lovely waft of perfumey chamomile, orange blossoms maybe, and a touch of meadow flowers, and then a core of peach, apricot and red apple fruit aromas, all drizzled with some aged-Riesling kerosene notes. With time, a little stream of stoney minerality started coming out alongside the fruit and flowers. Really complex and entrancing, yet somehow always subtle, understated and very intriguing. The palate was flat-out amazing too. I cannot quite began to explain this - it was again understated, yet clearly a dropdead gorgeous wine at the same time, showing a mindblowing amount of complexity as it gently unfolded across the mouth in deep, rich layers of green apples and pears, kissed by sunnier dried apricots and nectarines, all ringed at the edges by that little touch of that kerosene again. Here and there, the fruit was wreathed with a lovely dried flower nuance and a rather inexplicable note of fresh, bright strawberries on the midpalate. With time, some sweet lemons started floating, alongside a nice bit of spice sprinkled across the length of the wine. So much going on. This was rich, melting, juicy - clearly a child of its vintage - yet it was so well integrated and perfectly balanced that there was almost a lightness, a zen-ness, to it in spite of its weight and complexity. The wine had an incredible finish too, pulling away into a bone dry, super stony, minerally tail that was chased by floaty, flowery chamomile accents. Incredibly long, perfectly dry, yet wonderfully delicious. This was nuts. I would suggest giving it some air and not to serve it too chilled, because that muted the wine slightly when it was first poured. Other than that, this was a truly complete wine at quite a brilliant place now. Fantastic stuff. WS96 when first released. Unusually, this deserved every bit of that. (2358 views)
 Tasted by David_T on 8/6/2011: Chicago Riesling Summit 2011 (Sun Wah BBQ, Chicago, IL): Two 375s were brought to the dinner, and both seemed somewhat oxidized, one more than the other. Golden color, with a seductive yellow apple/mango nose, but tastes a bit sherry-like. (2166 views)
 Tasted by spaniel on 6/4/2011 & rated 95 points: Drank alongside a 1999. Hard to believe this wine is more than 20 years old. Still young, with sublime elegance and balance. The acid is the hero here - bracing, strong and linear, and acting as the backbone upon which the wine is built. There are layers and layers of complexity here; underneath the citrus and minerals lies floral notes along with exotic spices and honey. I would not find it hard to believe that this wine could last another 20 years. (2220 views)
 Tasted by Chainthroer on 5/24/2011 & rated 93 points: Golden color. Honey melon, grapefruit, lemon, lime, a touch of apricot, smokiness, minerals. Good fruit and acid. The last of 1/2 a case, consumed during the last five years. Do not know how long this will last, but it has been in its plateau the last five years. (2219 views)
 Tasted by drwine2001 on 1/29/2011: Half bottle. Medium yellow. Great aromatics-petrol, peach, and guava. Terrifically focused and taut with great acidity but a cushion of fruit and flesh. Absolutely pristine even from this small format. I only wish that the '89 had been sound so that we could have compared these 2 legendary vintages. (2474 views)
 Tasted by PatrikO on 1/18/2011 & rated 93 points: Better than last bottle, full alsacian body, bone dry, minerals and white fruit. Lovely. (2396 views)
 Tasted by Eric on 11/28/2010: Nice bottle. This opened with some sulfur, strong diesel and copious Riesling stink, but with half an hour it settled beautifully. Smokey, salty and precise. Such a lovely, savory and dry expression of Riesling. (3358 views)
 Tasted by PatrikO on 11/10/2010 & rated 92 points: Nice straw colour, the usual petroleum nose. In the mouth I found a bit short, not delivering what I've seen from a recent bottle of 2001, 375th anniversary wine. Nevertheless very nice and super dry, fruit holding up well, good long mineral aftertaste. (2723 views)
 Tasted by salil on 10/31/2010 & rated 95 points: From magum, and absolutely stunning! Powerful pear, citrus and white fruited flavours surrounded by developed smoky, honeyed and fusel notes and the whole package rests over a bed of stones. There's the typical Trimbach precision and focus here, fantastic acidity keeping it really fresh and making it seem surprisingly youthful for a 20 year old wine with really impressive length. Just fantastic Riesling! (2928 views)
 Tasted by Vini Ciclismo on 4/8/2010 & rated 97 points: Straw gold, pale, undeveloped
Rich, ripe, minerally, aged fruit but no hint of kerosene
Perfectl zesty fruit, excellent acid, deep complex fruit, tropical and citrus fruit blend, tamarind/quince/apple/lime, a gorgeous melee, still with years ahead, great bottle (452 views)
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By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (3/4/2004)
(Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile) Gold color; really tasty, mature, ripe apricot, hazelnut, almond palate, balanced; medium nutty finish 93+ pts.  93 points
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