Trimbach, Pinot Gris Réserve 2016

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    France

  • Region:

    Alsace

  • ABV:

    14%

  • Grape:

    Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris

  • Grape Blend:

    Pinot Gris 100%

  • Winemaker:

    Pierre Trimbach

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Trimbach Pinot Gris Réserve 2016 - Wine

Tasting Notes

One of the noblest of the Alsace grapes, Pinot Gris produces a full, heady, rich and lush wine in Trimbach’s hands. It is technically dry, but the style is so fruity and full, with such a long palate that the illusion of sweetness is maintained. Watch out too for a smokiness on the finish. Its great depth is balanced by a crisp acidity that gives structure and longevity.

Production Notes

The Reserve quality is from parcel selections of old vines around Ribeauvilldeg.(around 35 years old) which produces a more complex wine destined for a longer laying down. After harvesting, the grapes are brought directly to the winery where they are fermented in stainless steel and bottled early without malolactic fermentation.

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Producer Profile

The wine-growing history of Maison Trimbach dates back to 1626. Since then, twelve generations of winemakers have tirelessly drawn on their passion for Alsace wines, ensuring the wines they produce stand out for their quality and authenticity, patiently establishing, from father to son, a solid reputation for excellence. Trimbach wine acquired true international acclaim in 1898 when Emile Trimbach received the highest distinction at the International Wine Fair in Brussels. This success is due in no small part to the jewel in the estate crown, the Clos Sainte Hune vineyard. Today, the family vineyard is run by Hubert Trimbach, his nephews Jean and Pierre, and Pierre's daughter Anne, the oldest member of the 13th generation. Their enthusiasm and ambition keep the family tradition,rigour and know-how alive, bringing their wines to the very peak of perfection. Pierre has been in charge of the technical side and vinifications when Jean and Anne are traveling all around the world. Julien, Jean's son, just joined the Family to work closely with Pierre in the cellar. . This unrivaled expertise makes the Trimbach style a reference for Alsace wines across the world. Two turrets overlooked by the surrounding vines, a few meters from the heart of Ribeauville, pinpoint the F.E. Trimbach estate. Situated on the Wine Route, between the vineyards and the mountains, this pretty village, boasting a rich historical heritage, asserts itself as the center of Alsace winegrowing and cuisine. Sheltered by the Vosges Mountains and exposed to maximum sunshine, the Ribeauville fault line offers a rich mosaic of soils (limestone, sandstone, marl, clay, etc.). These natural assets provide the perfect conditions for an array of aromatic grape varieties. While the Trimbach family extols the virtues of all Alsace grape varieties, their true passion lies with Riesling as its unequalled fruitiness, finesse, elegance and pedigree make it the finest white wine in the world! The 40 hectares that make up the Trimbach estate stretch over more than 50 parcels and 6 villages, including Bergheim, Ribeauville and Hunawihr. The Trimbach estate strives to produce high quality wines by using integrated, sustainable winegrowing practices. This is demonstrated with the focus on preserving nature; close pruning, innovative techniques for maintaining healthy vines, tilling the soils, producing moderate yields, and meticulous selection of the grapes used in each wine. This rigour, applied to their own vines, is also applied when the Trimbachs purchase grapes from growers loyal to the estate. This is one of the many tasks carefully overseen by Pierre. On the Trimbach estate, the grapes are harvested exclusively by hand. They are then delicately pressed before gravity gently carries the juice to the cellar. It is here where the meticulous work of Pierre Trimbach (12th generation) begins as he vinifies and matures his wines with precision and finesse, constantly mindful of conserving the purity of the particular grape variety and the soul of the unique terroir. Old wooden casks are used alongside stainless steel tanks, a harmonious example of tradition and modernity working together in the winery. Trimbach wines are bottled in the spring following the harvest to ensure freshness and fruitiness are exemplified in each of the wines. Pierre Trimbach's art is one of ensuring balance, as demonstrated by his innate ability to control his wines acidity while retaining the tension which holds them together over time. This style is highly acclaimed by lovers of dry and elegant wines who recognize purity, the character of each grape variety, the nuances of the vintage and the authenticity of the terroirs a particular characteristic which proudly enhances the most audacious gourmet experiences. After being bottled in spring, the wines are released on the market according to their maturity. Some will not leave the cellars until they have spent five or seven years patiently maturing in the bottle; the time needed to achieve this highly-coveted, perfect balance.