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Trimbach Pinot Gris Hommage 1996
1996 was a great vintage in Alsace and Pierre Trimbach produced fantastic Pinot Gris, perhaps the best ever produced, which will age easily another 10-15 years. The grapes were picked as late as possible in order to achieve maximum ripeness which, in turn, gives optimum depth of flavor and complexity.
Rich and fragrant nose, apricot and touch of botrytis. Very ripe fruits in the palate, creamy texture, full-bodied. Very charming, meaty, extract rich, good acidity. The Pinot Gris was extremely fine in 1996. Beautifully balanced.
Delicious with rich dishes, such as foie-gras or goose-liver paté, veal sweetbreads, and duck filets. Excellent wine to be matched with creamy sauces and mushrooms. Great companion to many fish dishes, smoked salmon for instance, Dover Sole, Turbot, Monkfish, and Sea bass. Great companion to white meats, veal, poultry, or chicken, especially in white wine sauces.
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.