Good Morning. There's a Jean Trimbach Here to See You.

Posted September 30, 2016

Stacy Brody


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"It's in the Trimbach style because it's a Trimbach making the wine." ~ Jean Trimbach
We were fortunate to have a Trimbach family member visit us just this week at the Wine Library.
Some of you are dying inside with jealousy - your bosses never bring wine to business meetings, and they certainly never bring Jean Trimbach.
Others of you are wondering, Who are the Trimbachs?
Maison F.E. Trimbach is the fifth-largest vineyard owner in Alsace and one of the top producers in the region, if not all of France. The estate is, and has always been, family owned. The Trimbachs started harvesting grapes just this past Monday, so our visitor has to fly back home soon. He'll go back to Alsace, in the village of Ribeauville, to help out his brother Pierre - now on his 37th vintage as winemaker - and his son - who is on his third. Maison Trimbach will be passed down to another generation of Trimbachs, as it has since the 1600s.
Jean Trimbach started our pre-lunch tasting - that's the best time, you know - with Pinot family wines. (Just as they are starting their harvest in France with Pinot family grapes.) Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir first. Then Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.
Reds between whites? Doesn't this go against the "rules"?
1. There are no rules.
2. There is definite power behind Alsace Rieslings, and Trimbach's are no exception. They had to come after the Pinot Noirs.
From crisp dry whites to elegant, exotic Pinot Gris, and with a couple delicious somewhat savory Pinot Noirs in between, Trimbach's wines blew us away.
What's striking about Trimbach - or one thing that is striking about Trimbach - from both a business and wine perspective, is their stock of wine.
They hold onto wines until the wines are ready to be enjoyed. Even then, many can be aged longer in personal cellars. Trimbach keeps 3 million bottles in stock, which, from a business standpoint, represents a major cash flow issue. When wines are released, they don't necessarily come out in chronological order either. The wines themselves dictate when they are sold, not the year on the label. Thus, we sometimes see later years released before earlier ones. It's all about the growing season conditions and the wine in the bottle.
The Trimbach wine is dry, fresh and ageworthy. In describing the family's traditional style, Jean said, "If you serve Trimbach wines with fish, the fish will not cry because these are good, dry wines.”
We're psyched for what's going to be a great holiday season and couldn't help but get ahead of ourselves. Alsatian wines - Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Riesling - are perfect for the holiday table. Tasting through the wines, Jim, a long time Wine Library buyer and consultant, remarked "My turkey won't cry at Thanksgiving if I put these wines on the table.”
We don't want any sad turkeys this Thanksgiving. I don't think Jean Trimbach does either.
Want to try a Trimbach wine? Snag a bottle of the 92-point 2014 Pinot Blanc or the 91-point 2013 Riesling. Interested in Trimbach's higher-lever offerings? We currently have the 97-point 2009 Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile and the 95-point 2009 Riesling Clos Sainte Hune on presale. Secure your bottles before the holiday rush!
Product Label.

Trimbach Riesling

91 Wine Enthusiast

Item: 96456

750 mL

Retail: $19.99

$14.97 per btl

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Trimbach Riesling Cuvee Frederic Emile...

97 James Suckling - Jamessuck...

Item: 97357

750 mL

Retail: $68.00

$49.94 per btl

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Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune

95 James Suckling - Jamessuck...

Item: 97399

750 mL

Retail: $199.99

$159.94 per btl