Trimbach Madness Part II: 2002 Freddy Emile Fifths and MAGS

Posted by CrushWine

Trimbach Madness Continues
2002 Cuvée Frédéric Emile 750mls and 1.5Ls
Straight from the Maison: Bottles and RARE Magnums

"Here is a wine to strain through your teeth... possessed of vivacious, ripe acids, lemon, grapefruit and faintly bitter black fruit notes over a foundation of chalk, leading to a long, juicy finish." -David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

As was emphatically proven last week, the Freddy Emile is a cult Riesling if ever there was one.

Seriously, we got a hundred or so requests AFTER we had already sold out of the 2001. And the requests continue to roll in, well over a week later...

So today we respond to the obvious demand by offering up our (much smaller) parcel of the 2002 Frédéric Emile at a similarly ridiculous price.

As with the last parcel, this is straight from the Trimbach estate... including nearly impossible-to-find magnums, which have been freed up for us by Jean Trimbach himself.

Trying to avoid another drastic oversell,we are only sending this email to those of you who have supported Trimbach and/or our dry Riesling program. (We'd say "Back Up the Truck," but we just don't have enough wine.)

At this pricing, there are few greater values.

For fans of the Freddy Emile, the 2002 is a superb vintage. It is a dense Freddy Emile, as noted by Schildknecht's "a wine to strain through your teeth" quote. This is a broad-shouldered, masculine Freddy Emile, yet with the signature ruthless minerality and razor sharp delineation that makes these wines so incredible.

While this is in perfect shape for the summer, you also well know that the Cuvée Freddy is determinedly ageworthy, and these should be going strong - especially out of magnum - for a solid decade, minimum.

Part of this has to do with the 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.

The Freddy Emile is made in an almost identical style as the house's Clos Ste. Hune and delivers a whopping amount of the subtle exoticism and heft of that wine at a fraction of its price.

This is a much smaller parcel than the 2001s; you get first look. To place your order, please email us at or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Robert Schagrin
Managing Partner
Crush Wine & Spirits

2002 Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile

Schildknecht: The superbly-concentrated 2002 Riesling Frederic Emile is now on the market – still a touch austere, but with strikingly refined complexity and sheer mineral mass. Broth-like carnal and chalky traits here put one in mind of Chablis. Here is a wine to strain through your teeth, and one possessed of vivacious, ripe acids, with lemon, grapefruit and faintly bitter black fruit notes over a foundation of chalk, leading to a long, juicy finish. Give this another year in your cellar and for it to be worth following for at least another decade thereafter.

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