1999 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune: Unending Mineral

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Density, Amplitude, Texture...
1999 Trimbach Riesling Clos Ste. Hune
Pristine Parcel Direct from Trimbach

Clos Ste. Hune is one of greatest white wines in the world. It has few peers, few rivals to its profound, thrilling and powerful expression.

It is also one of the rarest great whites out there; 750 cases per vintage, with only a fraction coming into the U.S. and the great majority of this wine going directly to the top restaurants.

The few bottles that make it to retail get snapped up very quickly - certainly much quicker than the wines need to evolve into their vast potential. Usually, finding any quantity of decade-old Clos Ste. Hune is nearly impossible.

Usually. Today we offer a sizable tranche of the 1999 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune, straight from the maison and utterly pristine. All orders are subject to confirmation, but we should be able to offer up to three bottles of the 1999 Hune per person, which is sort of astounding.

If you haven't had an opportunity to try this benchmark dry Alsatian Riesling, THIS is it.

Trimbach's Clos Ste. Hune achieves a minerality that is likely one of the most profound in the entire world of wine. For the rock-hound, the mineral freak, the devotee of purity and transparency, few wines are more thrilling than Clos Ste. Hune.

These are DRY Rieslings with fruit as an afterthought - in the 1999, it's pineapple, peach and orange zest washing in as the tidal wave of minerals recedes. Peppery and ample with aged Riesling's signature petrol notes, the finish is like a dusting of minerals clinging to your tongue.

If you're familiar with the great German Rieslings from the Mosel region, then you have an idea of how prominent, how delineated, how absolutely brilliant and cut their acidity is - even at 12 years old, the same goes for Trimbach's 99 CSH in its incredible display of freshness.

Yet we are not in the Mosel. We are in Alsace, a lush, fertile, green region much farther south. The air, pregnant with moisture off the Vosges mountains to the west, has a texture unto itself. From this ripe landscape the Clos Ste. Hune gains a density, an amplitude, a weight that is inconceivable in the more northern haunts of Germany. Still, for all this size, the Clos Ste. Hune always remains detailed, delineated, etched.

And while 1999 was flanked by vintages that were initially more widely praised, it's now quite evident that this 99 deserves a share of the spotlight. Eric Asimov stuck up for it in the New York Times Dining Journal after a massive CSH vertical dinner, "I really liked the ’99 for its purity and its peppery mineral aromas." We've had the bottle on a number of occasions, including this weekend, and the wine does this vineyard site proud.

At that same dinner, one of Asimov's favorites was a 1973... so, lest you worry about longevity, we'll simply say that these are bottles that defy typical projected aging windows. We've personally experienced older vintages at 20 to 30 years young that are still incredibly fresh and floral. Today's three-pack is an ideal opportunity to enjoy one of these now and lay a couple more down to savor in the next 10+ years.

This pricing ends with this parcel. To order, please email us at offers@crushwineco.com or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits

1999 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune

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