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Clos Sainte Hune, the King of Rieslings

Clos Sainte Hune, the King of Rieslings

Emmanuel Tresmontant - 2009-09-29

In Alsace, Riesling is the leading grape variety. And the king of Rieslings is unquestionably the Trimbach estate’s Clos Sainte Hune, an extraordinary, little-known wine that requires patience.

Originating from a tiny 1.65-hectare parcel in the heart of the Grand Cru Rosacker in Hunawihr, the Trimbach estate’s Clos Sainte Hune is a concentrated, taut wine that expresses all its minerality only after several years of ageing. Planted only with Riesling, this vineyard has the distinctive feature of a limestone-rich subsoil, which gives the wine exceptional energy and elegance.
 
Clos Saint Hune has thus become the banner of the Trimbachs, who have been established in Ribeauvillé since 1626 and whose highly individual style is still practically unique in Alsace today. Indeed, the name Trimbach is synonymous with honest, precise wines that are balanced and incisive and have a very low residual sugar content. A benchmark, in fact, for all lovers of great dry white wines!
 
We tasted the 1990 Clos Sainte Hune: golden colour, fresh, youthful nose, very pure and silky on the palate, exuding notes of citrus fruit and beeswax... Its delicate minerality is expressed through aromas of white truffle, typical of the great limestone terroirs. The pride and joy of Pierre Trimbach, a winegrower whose sole philosophy is the search for balance.
 
An exceptional wine, Clos Sainte Hune is, of course, very expensive, but much less so than the great white Burgundies that have become objects of speculation.
 
More financially affordable and more accessible to the palate, the Cuvée Frédéric-Émile is an assemblage of two vintage wines of Ribeauvillé: Geisberg and Osterberg. It is also a very great Riesling that has the merit of being ready to drink a little sooner than its illustrious brother. The 2004, which has just been marketed, now delivers aromas of white flowers and pink grapefruit. For drinking with sea bass in salt crust, Scottish smoked salmon, oysters, veal sweetbreads…
 
Wines still too undervalued
 
Pierre Trimbach, Olivier Humbrecht, André Ostertag, Jean-Michel Deiss, Laurence Faller, Marc Kreydenweiss, André Kientzler, Patrick Meyer, Pierre Frick, Lucas Rieffel… and so many more! Alsace boasts elite winegrowers who, moreover, have been among the first in France to practise environmentally friendly viticulture. There’s just one question: why do their wines remain so little-known?
 
Maison Trimbach
15, route de Bergheim
68150 Ribeauvillé
Tel: +33 3 89 73 60 30
Fax: +33 3 89 73 89 04

In Alsace, Riesling is the leading grape variety. And the king of Rieslings is unquestionably the Trimbach estate’s Clos Sainte Hune, an extraordinary, little-known wine that requires patience.

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