Trimbach Ex-Cellars: Back-Vintage Vertical

Posted by CrushWine

Straight from the Cellar of Trimbach
Back-Vintage Trimbach Frédéric Emile 3-Packs
Freddy Emile Vertical: 1997, 1998, 1999

It's one thing to pull a dusty, back-vintage bottle off a store shelf, provenance unknown. It's quite another to secure a bottle that's just 60 days removed from over a decade of unadulterated rest in the estate's cellars.

There is simply nothing like the experience of opening a bottle that has rested for years, unmoved and unharassed, from the dark, cold cellar of the estate. This email presents exactly that - a collection of back-vintage Cuvée Frédéric Emiles, recently hand-picked from the cellars of Trimbach just for us - and just arrivé.

Today we offer a three-vintage vertical study of the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Freddy Emile in three-packs (one of each), six-packs (two of each) or collectible cases of 12 (four of each).

For the serious collectors, for the Trimbach fanatics, today we can go as low as $56.25 per bottle on the mixed case. This is a mixed-case that will reward for many, many years to come.

As we stated in last week’s email about the 2001 Freddy Emile 375th Anniversary (sold out), Trimbach’s dry Rieslings are unlike any other in the world, let alone Alsace. Despite their massive concentration and stately structure, these are wines that pack enough tension and cut to delight even Mosel-Saar-Ruwer loyalists. (We speak from experience.)

The 1997, 98 and 99 each expertly tout their own vintage's nuances and autograph, while each is also backed with the estate’s signature tightly-coiled minerality and piercing acidity contrasted by a saturating wash of rich, unctuous fruit… and yet, they’re totally dry. These are aristocrats, pumped up with deep-water minerals and drenched in the full spectrum of bright white, yellow and glistening orange citrus notes. (Please see below for individual tasting notes.)

With a decade plus of development, these bottles are singing now, but the Freddy Emile's reputation for nearly endless youth shouldn't go unobserved. The Freddy Emile is sourced from the Grands Crus Geisberg and Osterberg, two clay-limestone soils that must, at least in part, contribute to the wine’s rigid stature and incredible aging potential.

Provenance like this doesn’t come often, and the careful resting chez Trimbach has clearly helped with thegorgeous integration of juicy fruit and chalky rocks.

Each of the prestige cuvée Rieslings in today’s three-pack rock that same focused intensity and supernatural depth, that unparalleled substance and supreme ageability that makes Trimbach Rieslings singular, that makes us scamper for bottles to cellar.

We've been graced by the Trimbach family's generosity here, but the super-quick sell-out of last week's offer tells us this will follow suit.

To place your order, email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits

Trimbach Frédéric Emile Back-Vintage Vertical

Wine Advocate: The tightly wound, aromatically floral 1997 Riesling Frederic-Emile will not be released for at least another two years because this firm believes in marketing their wines as they reach maturity. Its rich, medium body reveals superb complexity, purity, and admirable length. This is a backward, silky-textured, chalk/mineral-dominated wine with extraordinary balance and focus.

Wine Advocate: Flowers, tropical fruits, smoke, stones, and wet gravel can be discerned in the aromatics of the 1998 Riesling Frederic Emile. This intensely rich, concentrated, and deep wine is drenched in lemons, minerals, and stones. Its impressive finish reveals tangy lime notes.

Wine Advocate: The 1999 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile reveals a racy, liquid mineral and lime-scented nose. It is light-bodied, highly-delineated, and displays good depth of stone, lemon, and quartz-like flavors. This highly-focused, tightly-wound, laser-like wine will require 4-5 years of cellaring.

Trimbach arrives mid-June 2010
NET | No further discount