Ruthless Minerality - Lowest Price: 2006 Trimbach Riesling Clos Sainte Hune

Posted by Ian McFadden

Ruthless Minerality - Lowest Price
2006 Trimbach Riesling
Clos Sainte Hune

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.

Trimbach's Clos Ste. Hune achieves a minerality that is likely one of the most profound in the entire world of wine. Few wines are more thrilling than Clos Ste. Hune.

As we've written before (more than once), Trimbach’s Clos Ste. Hune belongs among the greatest wines in the world. This much is undeniable; this is the obvious 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.

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. And the small production gets snapped up really quickly.

There's no point in mincing words: 2006 was a tricky vintage for Alsace, but it was an undoubtedly excellent one for Clos Ste. Hune. September rains made for challenging conditions. This is where Clos Ste. Hune and Trimbach's four centuries of expertise separates them from the pack. Some very impressive wines were born out of the extremes of the 2006. The '06 Clos Ste. Hune is an undoubted star of the vintage. David Schildknecht writes, "No Alsace 2006 of my experience can top this for focus, clarity, or long-term (I would estimate 12-15 years’) aging potential."

The 2006 Clos Ste. Hune shows the incisive brilliance and length that makes Clos Ste. Hune so legendary. The wine's aging potential is insane - four decades seems standard. The '06 will drink earlier, say in 15 years, and we're happy about this.

Anytime that we offer Clos Ste. Hune, it always sells out quickly. I'm sure that the same thing will happen here, especially at today's sharp pricing. That being the case, I'm going to bring this to a close. Please give us your ideal order and we'll do our best.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

David Schildknecht: "Fresh lime, yellow plum, musk, and intimations of chalk dust in the nose of Trimbach’s 2006 Riesling Clos Ste-Hune usher in a strikingly fresh, firm palate possessed of meat stock and game-like animal undertones. This bottling of barely over 12.5% in alcohol is much more tightly-stitched than the corresponding Frederic Emile, and finishes with penetrating, bright length, combined with overtly crushed stone minerality. No Alsace 2006 of my experience can top this for focus, clarity, or long-term (I would estimate 12-15 years’) aging potential, although the Frederic Emile is in its very different way more striking, as well as more fun to drink now."