White

1997 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Riesling

  • France
  • Alsace
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Community Tasting Notes 93

  • cct wrote: 92 points

    August 22, 2020 - Mature golden color with pear, oyster shell, florals, and brine on the nose. This has a cool juxtaposition of the breadth and waxiness coupled with great cut and focus that Trimbach's CFE and CSH seem to achieve better than nearly everyone else. Bone dry and chiseled on the palate, with more oyster shell, waxy lanolin notes, citrus pith, pear, and subtle florals. I also really like Adrian's pineapple descriptor, almost like dried pineapple. There is this fascinating a seemingly counterintuitive honeyed feel to it in spite of its being completely dry. It's mouthwateringly fresh and drinks like mineral water. A serious and singular expression of riesling that is fully mature and at this point certainly more about soil and acid than fruit, but drinking very well. Contemplative and outstanding. Not for everyone, but certainly for me

  • cweiss wrote:

    January 10, 2020 - Potable but clearly over the hill.

  • Jfrieser wrote: 91 points

    November 15, 2019 - This wine still has life! Not sure how much longer to go, if you are holding, I would drink soon. Clearly Alsace, clearly a high quality Riesling.

  • chatters wrote:

    September 27, 2019 - Riesling! (Yokohama, Japan): Served blind. Wet stone, slight peach, apple, honey, citrus, very slight toast. Juicy, slightly sharp, acidity, chalky minerality, citrus and apple, slight honey, breadth, rich, balanced. very good. I called Mosel 89

  • penmoalic Likes this wine: 91 points

    July 15, 2019 - Robe brillante et dorée.
    Au nez, ceux sont les fruits exotiques (ananas, citron) qui dominent. Ça ne pétrole pas vraiment (point positif pour moi). En bouche, le vin est rond en attaque mais la tension arrive ensuite pour rendre le vin complexe et très long. arôme identique en bouche. Un Grand vin délicieux aujourd'hui mais qui peut encore se conserver plusieurs années.

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  • By John Gilman
    Nov/Dec 2008, Issue #18, Maison F. E. Trimbach Alsace’s Finest Traditionalist

    (Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile- Maison Trimbach) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    10/22/2004 (link)

    (Trimbach, Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling Alsace White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Bonus Articles, The House of Trimbach (Originally May 1998, updated December 2003)

    (Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile- Trimbach) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Jancis Robinson, MW
    1/27/2003 (link)

    (Trimbach, Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling Alsace White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Stephen Tanzer
    July/August 1999, IWC Issue #85 (link)

    (Domaine Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Richard Jennings
    4/4/2010 (link) 90 points

    (Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile) Very light canary yellow color; herbal, mineral, camphor, petrol nose; crisp, very tart, green fruit, lime, mineral palate with medium acidity; medium finish 90+ pts.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2007 (link) 17+ points

    (Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling) A lovely golden hue, and a nose of lime sherbet with a creamy edge. Very open and forceful, but full of citrussy nuances. Attractive, light-footed, sherbetty-creamy, dry but rich, with very firm, defining acidity. A soft texture nicely interwoven, although there is a hardness on the sherbet-tinged finish and this wine clearly needs to integrate a little more. As I promised myself last time, I shall try to leave well alone.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2006 (link) 17+ points

    (Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling) Just a couple of years since I last opened one of these and there doesn't seem to have been a great deal of development here; the nose still has a lovely, vibrant, laser-like presence of lime fruit, but with the suggestion of a creamy depth, all presented in a very open but precise, well defined style. The same precision is on the palate, which has good freshness of fruit and plenty of youthful grip. Just crying out for more cellar time and I will do my best to oblige.

  • By Chris Kissack
    August 2004 (link) 17+ points

    (Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling) Securing a fresh stock of this wine at a bargain price prompted me to open a bottle, although previous tastings have suggested that this is a wine for the long haul. A pale, lemon gold in the glass. A wonderful nose, very pure, with lime fruit and a hint of cream. The palate has brilliant acidity behind a similar purity of fruit, but with a creamy richness that just sings quality developing through the mid to endpalate. Beautiful drinking, but also will be super in the cellar - for another five to ten years plus.

  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2002 (link) 17+ points

    (Trimbach Cuvée Frédéric Emile Riesling) A very pale wine, with just a hint of lemon gold. Classic youthful Riesling on the nose, with an abundance of lime and lemon fruit, and an edge of blossom. There's also a note of richness, like freshly buttered toast. The palate is fresh and sharply flavoured, with more limey fruit, but there is an appealing richness and weight to it, which builds through the midpalate. The acidity keeps it's presence, however, and takes on a fresh, almost tingling sherbet-like edge on the finish. There is great structure here, and the potential to develop very nicely with age I feel.

  • By Chris Kissack
    December 2012 (link) 16 points

    (Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile) This has a fairly rich yellow-gold colour in the glass, and a very forceful and exuberant nose, emitting a powerful blast of honeyed kerosene, along with scents of lime still. The evolved tones bring in suggestions of almost biscuity, oatmealy richness alongside the more classic petrol overtones. The overtly dry palate is something of a shock in terms of contrast, the nose rich and confident, the palate dry and with a slightly robust, drying, perhaps atypical backbone. It is this latter character that shapes the texture and impact of the palate, only softening in the finish to reveal a more honeyed polish. With more air the midpalate also softens up, the wine showing the more oaty character found on the nose, although there are also subtle hints of oxidation here. Almost certainly atypical, and so this bottle can't be taken as a guide to opening and drinking. Suffice to say this particular bottle was plucked from the cellar not a moment too soon.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1997
  • Type White
  • Producer Trimbach
  • Varietal Riesling
  • Designation Cuvée Frédéric Emile
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country France
  • Region Alsace
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Alsace

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 4 (1%)
  • In Cellars 327 (53%)
  • Consumed 283 (46%)

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