Domaine Trimbach’s Cuvee Frederic Emile is comprised of two grand cru vineyards Geisberg, and Osterberg. The grapes from these vineyards are farmed sustainably, with the average vine age being 45 years.
The soil in the vineyards are marl-limestone sandstone, and fossil-flecked Muschelkalk composition. Needless to say, this wine is very mineral driven with bright notes, and a wonderful underlining salinity. This wine is the name sake of Frederic Emile that put domaine Trimbach on the map in 1898. This wine is very versatile, and would pair well with shell fish, caviar, spicy food, white meat dishes, or foods with rich sauces. This wine can also age effortlessly for up to 2 decades!
Wine Advocate (David Schildknecht) 93 pts! Trimbach’s 2011 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile leads with a fascinating nose mingling quinine and smoky black tea with the more usual lime, white peach and crushed chalk. Silken-textured and generously juicy, with hauntingly bittersweet inner-mouth floral perfume, it opens-up in an infectiously juicy manner one seldom expects from youthful exemplars of this cuvee, thus drinking-well before one is able to purchase it! (But at least you can safely count on savoring it in its elegant prime through at least 2025.) Lentil sprout, peach kernel, and almond oil add to the diversity of flavors already intimated on the nose in a superbly sustained, bell-clear and invigorating as well as surprisingly and delightfully buoyant finish.
Vinous (Ian D’ Agata) 92+ pts! Pale straw-green. Minty green apple, jasmine and minerals on the enticing nose. Bright flavors of green apple and ripe citrus fruits are joined by stone fruits and minerals on the long finish. Has enough acidity to maintain clarity and cut. According to Pierre Trimbach, this is on a par with other great recent vintages for this bottling.