Trimbach “Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” Gewurztraminer 2004
Not only does Trimbach make one of the few Gewurztraminers I enjoy drinking, but it makes Gewurztraminer into a serious and wonderful wine with its top “Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre” bottling. It is a grape that is well suited to Trimbach’s more austere, very dry style.
The old-vines for the wine are grown in limestone-marl soils in a vineyard that was once part of the estate of the ‘lords’ of Ribeaupierre, which is near the village of Ribeauville, nestled into a nook of the Voges mountains. The wine is made only in top vintages.
As mentioned, the wine is made very dry, with no residual sugar. It is fermented entirely in stainless steel and malo-lactic is inhibited.
While most attention is given to Trimbach’s Rieslings, its reserve personnelle series is a great place to look for impeccable versions of Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer that preserve the hedonistic fruit of the grapes while balancing that with finesse and freshness through the winemaking. As many of these wines have been becoming increasingly rich and heavy in Alsace, Trimbach is the place to go when seeking the flavour profile of Alsace with wines I argue are more versatile with food, particularly of the style found in the Pacific Northwest.
The wine ages majestically.
$39 at Liner and Elsen, Portland