Trimbach Riesling "Geisberg" Vignoble du Couvent de Ribeauville Grand Cru 2015 (Alsace, France) - [WA 95+] [WS 93] [VM 92+] [JS 92]

Trimbach Riesling "Geisberg" Vignoble du Couvent de Ribeauville Grand Cru 2015
(Alsace, France) - [WA 95+] [WS 93] [VM 92+] [JS 92]


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About the Winery:
The Trimbach’s have a purist vision. For three centuries and across 13 generations, the family has produced wines that are structured, long-lived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. The family personally looks after each operation, from planting to harvests and from vinification to bottling. The viticultural origin of the Trimbach family dates back to 1626, when Jean Trimbach, was recognized as a citizen of Riquewihr. From then on, the Trimbach’s were renowned for their wine-growing. Maison Trimbach’s vineyards are all situated around Ribeauville (Ribeauville, Hunawihr, Bergheim, Rorschwihr, Riquewihr and Mittlewihr). They benefit from the unique Alsatian microclimate, thanks to the Vosges Mountains protection, which preserves the plain from the rain. The vineyards were planted on the Ribeauville’s fault line that fractured 50 million years ago between the Vosges Mountain range and the Black Forest offering a mosaic of terroirs including the complex calcareous limestone and bio-degraded seashell fossils called “Muschelkalk.”

About the Wine:
2009 was the first Grand Cru Geisberg produced. Pierre Trimbach and his team have been working the Grand Cru Geisberg behind the domaine for years. Previously this parcel was dedicated to being assembled with with GC Osterberg into the famous Frédéric Émile. One of the three smaller Grand Crus in Alsace, it is only 8.53 ha. The Trimbach’s 2.6 ha plot is on limestone and dolomite marl soil, with old vines over 50 years old, small terraces with steep slopes facing south - creating a unique terroir.

The grapes are selected at maturity then crushed and delicately pressed in a pneumatic press. Vinified in a dry style in stainless steel vats. No malolactic fermentation or long ageing on lees in order to preserve freshness, liveliness and fruity aromas.

AGEING: Bottled in spring following the harvest, then aged two years minimum in the cellar before release.


TASTING NOTES:
Pronounced aromas of citrus, candied fruit, honey and bergamot. The acidity is precise and, coupled with optimal ripeness, provides a juicy sensation of fresh lemon. Fantastic energy and structure with saline mineral notes. Delicious in its youth, it is a wine that can be kept for over 20 years and which will then reveal all the richness and complexity of its terroir.

GRAPE VARIETIES: 100% Riesling

WINEMAKER: Pierre Trimbach

TECHNICAL DATA

Acidity: 3.1
Alcohol: 13.7%

Ratings & Reviews:

95+ Points - Wine Advocate: 
"Picked with 16% potential alcohol, due to very small, millerandage grapes with super-healthy berries but no botrytis at all, the 2015 Riesling Grand Cru Geisberg is very intense and concentrated on the precise, fresh and perfectly ripe nose, where bright and lemony fruit and crushed limestone aromas are displayed. Rich, round and concentrated, this is a warm, lush, piquant and well-structured Riesling with a fine tannin grip. Bottled with 20 grams of residual sugar, the 2015 will benefit with each decade of bottle aging. Total production: 3,000-4,500 bottles, depending on the vintage." - Stephan Reinhardt (Jun 2017)

93 Points - Wine Spectator:
"There's a light, pleasing plumpness to this mouthwatering Riesling, which is rich in aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, white peach, star anise and crushed pine. A pronounced, minerally underpinning echoes on the long and silky finish. To be released October 2020. Drink now through 2032." - AN (web only 2023)

92+ Points - Vinous Media:
"Dark straw-yellow. Big, opulent aromas and flavors of baked apple, licorice and minerals. Then dense, tactile and suave, displaying a minty freshness to the yellow fruit and mineral flavors. Despite its freshness, this large-scale wine tastes big and chunky and will need time to develop a little more grace and nuance. Atypically for Trimbach, this tastes off-dry rather than bone dry, the latter being more in line with the Trimbach house style." - Ian d'Agata (Mar 2017)

92 Points - James Suckling:
"Lots of dried fruit and hot stones plus hints of concrete. Perfumed. Full body with licorice and aniseed flavors. Lightly sweet and very fruity. Atypical for Trimbach." (Dec 2016)