Rare Back-Vintage Clos Ste. Hune
A Pristine Collection Sourced from a Private Cellar
1989 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000
The Trimbachs say Clos Ste. Hune takes some seven years to come into form. We say that's just the beginning.
In fact, we've personally experienced older vintages at 20 to 30 years young and still they've been fresh and floral.
Today we present a small treasure trove of a cellar, a modest collection of back-vintage Clos Ste. Hune bought on release and in absolutely *pristine* shape - the provenance here is simply impeccable - all the wine was professionally stored and came to us still in OCBs. Details and complete tasting notes below.
Most of these wines are simply not available in the U.S. - where one can find comparison pricing it is most often 10% to 50% more expensive.
All this to say this parcel will NOT last long - we encourage anyone interested to respond to this email as soon as possible with your maximum order. (We will allocate as best we can.)
Clos Ste. Hune is one of those bottles that drives collectors into a frenzy. Why?
Well, to begin, Trimbach’s Clos Ste. Hune belongs among the greatest wines in the world. This much is undeniable. This is the easy part. As with Montrachet or Clos du Mesnil, Clos Ste. Hune sits in one of those self-referential worlds: Clos Ste. Hune tastes like Clos Ste. Hune in the way Montrachet tastes like Montrachet. In the way salt tastes like salt.
What does Clos Ste. Hune taste like? The short answer: Minerals. Beyond that it gets very complicated. The mineral expression of Clos Ste. Hune 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.
The actual vineyard, the Clos itself, is a mere 1.67 hectares in size - it produces roughly 9,000 bottles a year, some 750 cases. In other words, quantities are wildly limited to begin with and it is a bottle that collectors buy to drink.
Thus back-vintages are rarely available. When they are, well... best to act quickly. To order, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the store at (212) 980-9463.
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1995 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Wine Advocate: "The 1995 Riesling Clos Ste. Hune remains unevolved and tight but is certainly one the greatest wines to have been crafted from this tiny monopole (solely owned vineyard). As always, my score reflects what I was able to perceive in the wine, yet I am convinced its mind-numbing richness and concentration are holding back enormous reserves. A profound nose of creamed herbs, minerals, candied limes, and poached pears leads to a super-rich, dry, viscous core of fruit. Layer upon layer of stones, gravel, spiced apples, and liquid minerals captivate the palate for well over a minute. This is a riveting wine, with untold complexity, power, and precision."
1996 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Wine Advocate: "Crisp, youthful aromas of lemons are found in the medium-bodied, dense, and highly-focused 1996 Riesling Clos Ste. Hune. On the palate it offers extraordinarily powerful layers of lime-drenched minerals, a vibrant satiny-texture, and huge richness. This unbelievably long wine is massively structured, concentrated, and backward. It will require patience."
1997 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Wine Advocate: "The 1997 Riesling Clos Ste. Hune displays strong floral aromas interlaced with ripe apricots. Reminiscent of a restrained Viognier, it reveals flavors of peaches, perfume, chalk, and honeysuckle blossoms in its opulently-textured personality. This medium-to-full-bodied, extraordinarily rich wine possesses a superbly focused, mineral-dominated finish. As it sorts itself out in Trimbach's cold cellars it should come together to become one of the finest Clos Ste. Hunes of the decade."
1998 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Wine Advocate: "The 1998 Riesling Clos St. Hune is a spectacular wine. It displays a magnificent aromatic purity, with complex herbal, mineral, and crisp pear scents. Medium to full-bodied, and awesomely broad, powerful, and harmonious, this tightly-wound, slate, chalk, lemon-lime, quartz, and cocoa powder-flavored wine is silky-textured and breathtakingly intense."
1999 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Stephen Tanzer: "Very closed nose hints at pineapple and minerals. Fuller and denser in the mouth than the Frederic Emile, with classic flavors of citrus skin and mineral dust, along with Chablis-like muskiness and hazelnut. Very long, dusty and brisk on the finish. Like the Frederic Emile, this is painfully unevolved today."
2000 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune
Wine Advocate: "The 2000 Clos Ste.-Hune has intense mineral and herbal tea aromas that give way to a powerful, yet backward flavor profile, densely packed with liquid minerals, spices, smoke, quinine, and candied lime. For those willing to wait, this medium to full-bodied Riesling should rival some of the greatest Clos Ste.-Hunes produced."
1989 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Vendages Tardive (VT)
Trimbach's VT Clos Ste. Hune is the sweet, dessert wine. As mineral as the dry Clos Ste. Hune, but sweeter!
1989 Trimbach Clos Ste. Hune Vendages Tardive (VT) "Hors Choix"
"Hors Choix" translates to "super choice" - so far as can decipher this is an *extreme* rarity, it has only been made in one other vintage, 1959.
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