Monday, March 2, 2009

Trimbach Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile 2001

(as part of a fine wine tasting)

I was looking forward to trying this wine, being what I guess could be called a "premium" wine from Alsace, having a few years of bottle age and being of a very good vintage.

It had a very powerful lime and kerosene-scented nose, which I've grown to love in Riesling. On the palate it had great acidity and citrusy notes. I got the feeling that this wine could age for, well ages. It didn't taste like it was 8 years old, but that's the first 8 year old Riesling I've had. I guess what I mean to say is that I couldn't detect any "secondary" aging characteristics in it, which means I either don't know what to look for or the wine simply needs more time to show these (probably a bit of both). If the latter applies then it's a testament to the aging potential of that wine (and vintage).

The food match was crab meat - and it was spot on.

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Émile 2001
Alsace, France
Widely available (£25 - £30 / bottle)

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