2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

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2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile
Highest-Scoring Freddy Yet

One of the best "Freddy Emile's" ever released.

Trimbach's Freddy Emile has become something of a cult wine in the last few years - we've noticed the interest in this bottle soar since the 2001, 375th Anniversary bottle was released.

While it is very clear that Clos Ste. Hune is a monument that stands on its own, the chiseled Freddy Emile is not far off the mark... and it's ridiculously well priced.

Today, as a bit of a release celebration, we are thrilled to offer the newly released 2005 Freddy Emile at as low as $37. That's about $3 lower than the lowest price in the nation and $12 below the average cost.

We have a limited number of bottles we can afford to offer at this price - so when this small parcel is gone, so is the deal.

As Trimbach’s own notes for the wine state quite simply (if a bit humbly), the 2005 vintage was “very nice as we all remember…  the growing season was perfect… the grapes were picked ripe and in very healthy conditions. This Riesling is a textbook dry Frédéric Emile.”

What “textbook dry Freddy Emile” involves is classic Alsatian weight yet with extreme delineation and focus. It involves what David Schildknecht points out as “palpable extract yet elegance and refinement” in his tasting note (see below).

Trimbach differentiates itself from nearly every other Alsatian producer by the rigor and purity, by the clarity of their wines. There is always a premium placed on rigor, and the 2005 does not disappoint.

Part of this has to do with the house’s careful winemaking, and part of it with the pedigreed slopes from which the wine comes - the Grand Crus Geisberg and Osterberg. These clay-limestone soils are stuffed with fossils that infuse the wines with rocky, powerful, deep and forceful minerals. In the 2005, this is all balanced with the ripe, juicy citrus and stonefruit that came from the warm vintage.

It’s hard to imagine a time that wouldn’t be a good occasion to drink a bottle of this. Fall weekends like the one we just had in NYC with crystal blue skies and summery temperatures feels about right. Yet, the blazing acidity and force make the Freddy Emile very, very versatile at the table with everything from sushi to rich pork, game and poultry - and everything in between.

Furthermore, as well as this is showing presently, the wine undoubtedly has 20 years ahead of it to shine. Proper cellaring will likely best that estimate. We strongly urge those who have room to stash a six-pack (at least) while pricing is this good.

We'll be honest - this was a candidate for a "Back Up the Truck" email - but there is just not enough wine available. This special holiday pricing will end soon.

Give us your maximum order and we'll do our best. To order, please reply to this email or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits

2005 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

David Schildknecht, Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile follows the lead of the “reserve” bottling in offering palpable extract yet elegance and refinement. Peach, apricot, apricot kernel, lime, and pungent floral notes in the nose lead to a juicy mouthful of citrus and pit fruit with further invigoration added by accents of salt, huckleberry and toasted pumpkin seeds. Blazingly bright in its citricity and palate-staining in its fruit, nut, and mineral intensity, this displays an amazing tiny-berry concentration and utmost clarity when one considers its having been rained on early in October – tribute to an impeccable viticultural regime as well as the breezy location (on the Osterberg) of these vines."