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Date Printed: 10/23/2014
Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2002
Trimbach Cuvee Frederic Emile Riesling 2002
(search item no. 94227)
collectible wine

The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $59.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2007 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2006 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
2005 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2005 International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2004 The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
2003 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
2003 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 93 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 95 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Riesling Cuvée Frédéric Emile is not produced every year, only when the Trimbach Family believes that the quality of the grapes is high enough to give birth to this wine. All the growing season was perfect during this vintage and the grapes were picked at very good quality level, at 13.0% natural potential alcohol. Thanks to the beautiful and constant air draft coming from the deep valley just behind Ribeauvillé, the grapes were picked ripe and in very healthy conditions. This Riesling is a text-book dry "Frédéric Emile", classic from the best terroirs of Ribeauvillé, which needs 5 years to blossom and then will continue to develop for another 20 years.
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About Trimbach:

Maison Trimbach began in 1626 when Jean Trimbach settled in Riquewihr and established the family wine trade.

Jean-Frédéric Trimbach, born in 1811, was appointed Gourmet of Hunawihr, a position designed to protect the quality of wine exports. He transferred the Maison Trimbach business to Hunawihr, where he served as mayor for many years.

Jean-Frédéric and his son, Frédéric-Emile continued the family tradition, and Frédéric-Emile traveled extensively to promote the wines. In 1898 he received the Certificate of Highest Quality at the Brussels International Show. With Frédéric-Emile at the helm, Maison Trimbach began bottling its wines in Alsace rather than selling in bulk, providing a new guarantee of quality and authenticity. The contribution of Frédéric-Emile Trimbach was recognized when the family adopted his initials in the firm's official name: Maison F.E. Trimbach.

Today, the tradition of quality continues with the 11th and 12th generations of the Trimbach family. Hubert and his older brother Bernard, along with Bernard's sons, Pierre and Jean, have continued operations and currently produce approximately 80,000 cases of wines annually. Over one-third of their production is exported to the United States. While one of the smallest of the many producers in Alsace, they are nonetheless the largest, most widely recognized Alsace brand in the United States.