2009 Trimbach Clos Sainte Hune
"Clos Ste. Hune emerges from a 1.7-hectare parcel in the Rosacker Grand Cru in Hunawihr. Pierre Trimbach’s great grandfather and grandfather planted these vines many decades ago. The exact age of the oldest vines is not known, but the youngest plants here are about 35 years old. Over the last handful of years, the Trimbachs have transitioned Clos Ste. Hune to organic farming. The soils in this south to south-east facing site are rich in calcaire (limestone) that gives the Clos Ste. Hune its distinctive energy, drive and precision. Clos Ste. Hune is rendered entirely in steel, with no malolactic fermentation, and taken to dryness. Bottling is done early, but the wine spends several years in the cellar prior to being released.
One of the things I admire most about Clos Ste. Hune is how it develops in bottle. The wines don’t really age, rather they transform gracefully over time. It is both remarkably young, but also full of the nuances that blossom only over extended time in bottle. A thread of mineral-drenched intensity runs through all of these wines, which makes for fascinating and endless comparisons." -Antonio Galloni
"Single-vineyard wines, other than those from grand cru sites, are not that common in Alsace, and over the decades Clos Ste-Hune has won a reputation as the finest of them all. It is only produced in good vintages; thus in 1980 and 1984 no Clos Ste-Hune was bottled. The reputation of the Clos is not restricted to Alsace; many critics and sommeliers regard it as one of the greatest white wines in the world. The Trimbachs have been producing wine in Alsace since the early 17th century, and have owned the Clos for more than two centuries, although the first vintage to be released commercially was the 1919." -Decanter