Trimbach Ribeaupierre Gewurztraminer 2000
from Alsace, France
The remarkable richness and depth of this wine is partly due to a special soil based on marl and limestone. It comes from the ancestral vineyards of the lords of Ribeaupierre and the grapes are never picked before they have reached maximum ripeness. It is only made in exceptional years.
Redolent of roses, lychees, spices, this immensely rich Gewurztraminer can misleadingly seem slightly sweet. This is misleading. In youth, the roundness and viscosity can mask its typical dryness as well as the underlying finesse which is the Trimbach trademark.
This long-living wine makes a fascinating aperitif but truly comes into its own with foie gras or desserts based on fresh ripe fruit.
This rich and powerful but dry Gewurztraminer will match every World Cuisine where various tastes, spices and exotism blend with happiness.
Ageing potential: Minimum 10- years +
"The 2000 Gewurztraminer Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre has lovely rose, lychee nut aromas that lead to a medium to full-bodied, refined, and expressive character. Peaches, apricots, rose water, lychee nuts, and violets can be found in its elegant, yet expressive personality. It is concentrated, gorgeously balanced, and intense. Anticipated maturity: 2004-2012."
The Wine Advocate
"Aromatic nose of cinnamon and rose petal. Very rich and spicy; already displays compelling inner-mouth perfume. Lovely ripe acids give this supple, fruit-filled wine terrific finesse. Finishes very long and spicy, and less sweet than its 18 grams/liter residual sugar would suggest. Pierre Trimbach feels it will be the best vintage for this bottling since the '90, with better acidity than that earlier year."
International Wine Cellar
"Broad and powerful, packing grapefruit, white pepper and lychee aromas and flavors into its muscular frame. Concentrated and firm, with tannins offering support as well as acidity. Fine length. Drink now through 2010."
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