2004 F.E.Trimbach, “Cuvée Frédéric Emile”, Riesling, Alsace, France


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Roving Sommelier is passionate about premium quality French regional wines. For me, Trimbach is one of the best producers of Alsace Riesling in France. Based in the delightful Alsatian village of Ribeauvillé, the Trimbach family have been making top-class wines since 1626. That’s quite a heritage. I love Riesling with a passion and a Trimbach wine will always be near the top of my Riesling bucket list.

The south and south-east facing Ribeauvillé terroirs and Grand Crus of “Geisberg” and “Osterberg” which overlook the winery have been producing this wine for several generations.

Not mentioning the Grand Cru on the label was the family’s choice back in the 1970s. Today, “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” is considered a benchmark of Grand Cru Riesling even though the labels do not say the names of the vineyards. It is the Trimbach family’s ‘signature’ wine, and for most Riesling lovers, their favourite expression.

The average age of the vines, 45 years, results in limited yields. The marl-limestone-sandstone and fossil-flecked ‘Muschelkalk’ composition of the terroir, as well as the beautifully ripe grapes selected and harvested at the end of October lend this wine a remarkable personality: a dry and powerful Riesling, underlined by a mineral note and firm ripe acidity.

This wine is named for Frédéric Emile who became famous for providing a new guarantee of quality and authenticity for Trimbach in 1898. The prestigious signature wine of the Trimbach family, the “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” is highly prized by connoisseurs and collectors. Ageing potential: the great “Cuvée Frédéric Emile” vintages age for twenty years and longer.

The wine is characterful, highly aromatic and powerful with lovely, citrus oil and floral notes with its signature minerality and acidity. Best enjoyed chilled and in a convivial atmosphere.


Alcohol: 13% abv (75cl)

Closure: Cork

Grape variety: Riesling

Flavour Profile: Dry, Highly aromatic, Citrus, Stone Fruits, Floral, Mineral, Mouth-watering acidity