2015 Trimbach Riesling

Year: 2015
Appellation: Alsace
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 93
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :

"A clean-cut and minerally white that offers poached pear, beeswax, apricot and preserved lemon flavors set in a light-bodied, lithe frame. The creamy finish echoes the stony minerality. Drink now through 2027. 3,000 cases imported.–AN " (WS)

"The 2015 Riesling is clear and intense on the nose, coming along as a dry, fresh and well-structured classic with lingering grip and a crisp finish. The wine is dry, has finesse and a straight but elegant character with a good fruit intensity and a lingering salinity.

Ribeauvillé (with Hunawihr), and their rather cool terroirs on deep calcareous and sandstone marl soils, are among the winners of the warm and—during the vegetation period—dangerously dry 2015 vintage. Trimbach is just another example, and consumers will certainly fall in love with the 2015 icon Rieslings of this almost-400-year-old family enterprise after they have been released in a couple of years. Sure, there have been dryer Clos Sainte Hune vintages than the 2015, which ended up with 14% alcohol and 14 grams of unfermented sugar, but was there any better? I wouldn't claim the 2015 is the greatest ever, but I'd give it a wild card in any CSH vertical tasting for the next 30+ years. With the (dry) Cuvée Frédéric Emile and the (medium-dry) Grand Cru Geisberg there are two more world-class Rieslings from Ribeauvillé. And, being at probably the most famous Riesling estate in all Alsace, the 2015 Grand Cru Schlossberg (the second future release after the premiere of 2014) and the Cuvée M (from the Grand Cru Mandelberg) are of great quality! Since we are talking about Riesling, the Réserve and the Sélection de Vieilles Vignes (not produced in 2010 and 2013) are excellent dry Rieslings to be paired with many kinds of dishes.

During the summer months in 2015, nobody at Trimbach thought the wines, especially the Rieslings (of which Trimbach produces 350,000 bottles per year), would turn out that well two years later. But nature was propitious and ended the dreadful summer drought with a good rainfall in August, which, as Jean and Pierre Trimbach put it during the tasting, "saved the vintage." I'd rather say the rainfall caused a miracle and pushed the vintage into unforeseeable heights. Although the summer was extreme on many days, the 2015 wines kept their freshness, mineral expression and linear Trimbach style. "Thank God the crop was low since the beginning, otherwise nothing would have become ripe," says Pierre Trimbach. But the grapes became not just ripe but also intense and concentrated, giving the wines, especially the Rieslings, exceptional qualities and extraordinary aging potential. " (WA)

"Bright straw-green. Peony, mirabelle and mint on the enticing nose. Crisp and fresh in the mouth, with very high but harmonious acidity nicely shaping the ripe flavors of peach and lychee; is there just a trace of super-ripe grapes thrown in the blend here? Manages the neat trick of tasting lemony fresh and very light on its feet while delivering sneaky concentration and depth. Outstanding entry-level Riesling wine." (VM)

"A bright and delicately fruity white with hints of lemon rind and light ginger. Some steely undertones. Medium body. No-nonsense riesling right here. Drink now. " (JS)

"The faintest hint of zesty lemon appears on the nose. The dry palate is of a concentrated slenderness, showing intense notes of ripe lemon zest but hinting at richer notions of ripe pear and candied citron. There is real impact, guided by rapier-like freshness and utter precision. This has an almost cleansing quality but is nonetheless imbued with the fruitful generosity of 2015. Lovely now, but sure to develop. Drink now through 2027." (WE)

Winery Notes:
“One of the world’s finest grape varieties!”

Riesling is the most emblematic of Alsace grape varieties.

Its delicate bouquet, the fine balance between its dry personality, its distinguished fruitiness and its natural vitality contribute to its exceptional richness.

As the house style dictates, it is vinified dry

Pair with:
Riesling can be enjoyed throughout the meal, also with Alsace specialties, shellfish, seafood, quality fish, sushi/sashimi, white meats in white wine sauces or spices, pork dishes and refined spicy or Asian dishes

Ageing Potential:
Around 5 years